Wis. Assembly leader enters treatment

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Assembly Republicans say they plan to take a vote to strip embattled Majority Leader Bill Kramer from his leadership position.

Kramer's office said Saturday that he has checked into a treatment center as he faces pressure to resign amid charges that he sexually harassed multiple women at a Republican fundraiser.

According to the statement from Assembly Republican leadership Saturday, they hope that Kramer comes to terms with his problems but they've lost trust and confidence in him. The statement said the serious nature of the allegations require them to take the vote Tuesday. They will then determine how best to fill the position.

Kramer, who was elected by Republican Assembly members as majority leader in September, could not immediately be reached for comment.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Republican majority leader in the state Assembly has been asked to resign his post because of allegations that he sexually harassed multiple women at a meeting in Washington, two Republicans with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday.

Rep. Bill Kramer, of Waukesha, was elected by Republican Assembly members as majority leader in September.

The Republicans who know about the allegations say GOP Assembly leaders met late Friday to discuss the situation and agreed that Kramer should step down as majority leader. They spoke anonymously because attorneys had not authorized them to comment publicly.

Kramer did not immediately return a message left at his Capitol office. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel went to Kramer's home Friday night but he was not there.

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