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GOP's Grothman: Madison Unsafe After Vote

Wednesday, 09 Mar 2011 10:54 PM

By Hiram Reisner

Wisconsin GOP State Sen. Glenn Grothman says he and fellow Republicans had to leave Madison under police protection – after voting Wednesday night to limit public workers’ collective bargaining rights – because of the angry mob that gathered outside the Capitol building.

“I had to leave the Capitol, we felt it was not safe for Republicans to be in Madison, Wisconsin, tonight,” Grothman told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “We left the Capitol about 15 minutes after the vote under police protection because there was an angry mob – and we were told to get out of Madison as quickly as possible.

“We cleared the state’s politicians out of the building,” Grothman said from Milwaukee. “The State Assembly will have to return tomorrow and finish the job.”

Van Susteren asked why the GOP senators did not take action days earlier.

“We kept being led on by the Senate Democrats, who kept telling us, implying, they would be back the next day,” Grothman said. “We didn’t want to get people upset. Finally this morning, when one more time they didn’t show up – despite rumors that maybe somebody was going to break ranks – we finally felt, well, if nobody is going to do it, we’ve got to go ahead without them.”


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