Thursday, June 15, 2006

Kaufert record contradicts his explanation

This from State Rep. Dean Kaufert, R-Neenah , explaining why he voted against bringing an ethics reform bill to the Assembly floor:
I want to set the record straight. I supported SB1 and helped move it through the committee process so it could be considered for a floor vote. The Joint Finance Committee, which I chair, overwhelmingly approved SB1.

The bill faltered before the full Assembly, failing to get a majority vote. Several members took the unusual step of circumventing leadership and trying to force the bill to a vote on the floor.

Pulling motions, as we refer to them, are violations of the democratic process meant to embarrass the leadership. As a rule, I never support such backhanded attempts to thwart the process, even if it means voting against my own proposal.
Nice try. But then how would Kaufert explain his vote to violate the democratic process and "embarrass" his own leadrship by voting to pull a concealed weapons bill [2001 AB-675] from the Rules Committee? The record:

2001 AB-675

02-26-02. A. Rules suspended to withdraw from committee on Rules and take up, Ayes 75, Noes 24 Roll call.
That's the problem with having a record. You often meet yourself coming from the opposite direction.


At 4:01 PM, Blogger Jenna said...

How did he "embarrass" leadership by voting with every single Republican? Sounds like he voted with leadership.


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