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NEW INFORMATION: Wisconsin Republicans to vote on removing Kramer

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he "definitely" thinks Republicans are correct in removing Rep. Bill Kramer as majority leader of the state Assembly amid sexual harassment allegations.
   Walker was asked Monday about Kramer in Green Bay.
   Assembly Republicans planned to vote Tuesday on removing Kramer as majority leader, the second highest post in the Assembly.
   Kramer has not commented on the allegations that he groped a woman and verbally abused another one while in Washington for a fundraiser. Kramer's chief of staff says he will not be at the vote because he is in treatment.
   Walker says he doesn't know anything more about the allegations than what he's read in press reports, but if true Kramer should resign his seat.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The chief clerk of the state Assembly says a human resources complaint has been lodged with his office but he won't say who it was filed against.

Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer faces allegations that he groped a woman after a Washington fundraiser last week and then verbally assaulted another woman on the plane ride home.

Assembly Chief Clerk Patrick Fuller would not say whether the complaint he received Monday was against Kramer or who filed it. Fuller says he will investigate the complaint.

Republicans with direct knowledge of the situation say one of the women involved was a lobbyist and the other was a legislative staffer.

The Republicans spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized by their attorneys to comment publicly about the alleged victims.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republicans who have majority control of the Wisconsin state Assembly plan to meet Tuesday morning to vote on removing Rep. Bill Kramer as majority leader, the second most powerful position.

Kramer's office announced Saturday that he was entering unspecified treatment. Republicans with direct knowledge of the situation say at least two women have accused Kramer of sexually harassing them last week.

Assembly Republicans scheduled a caucus meeting for Tuesday morning to vote first on removing Kramer from his post. After that, they will decide whether to keep it vacant or fill it.

The session this year is nearly over. The Assembly is expected to be in session only a couple more days and there will be a new round of leadership elections in January.


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