April 5, 2011- It's looking like the alleged vandalism of Wisconsin State Sen. Dan Kapanke's (R) car may not have been as bad as people were led to believe. In fact, it may not even have been vandalism at all.
Kapanke, one of the Republicans being targeted for recall by Democrats in the wake of Gov. Scott Walker's (R) newly-passed law curtailing public employee unions, had previously said his car's windshield was smashed in Madison, allegedly on March 9 — the day that the bill was passed. He has also stated that he has received death threats, and that nails were scattered on his driveway back home.
Now, the Capital Times reports that police who inspected the vehicle have characterized the damage to his windshield as only a crack, consistent with a stone that would have been picked up in the tire of another car and then thrown behind.
A Kapanke staffer told the paper that lawmakers were asked to report anything out of the ordinary to the Senate Chief Clerk or the Capitol Police, and that the environment around the Capitol was tense at the time.