Talking Points Memo: Wis. Senate Leader: ‘Wow! The Supreme Court Is Crazier Than The Legislature’

-By Eric Kleefeld

June 27, 2011- Wisconsin state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) has responded — with some surprise and a bit of sarcastic humor — to the reports that emerged over the weekend of conservative state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser being accused of grabbing liberal Justice Ann Walsh Bradley by the neck in a chokehold.

"Wow! The Supreme Court is crazier than the Legislature apparently," said Fitzgerald, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

On a more serious note, Fitzgerald said "it appears something happened" but that the details were hazy.

Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R), who is Scott Fitzgerald's younger brother, told reporters that he "had not heard anything" about a physical incident until he saw the news reports on Saturday.

The legislature has indeed had its fair share of dysfunction. Most famously, in February and March the minority state Senate Democrats fled the state in order to block a three-fifths budget quorum, in an effort to prevent the passage of Walker's anti-union bill. Ultimately, the bill the was passed anyway through the use of a special conference committee to strip out non-fiscal items, and pass it on a simple-majority quorum.

The alleged incident reportedly occurred during an argument over the court's recent decision regarding the upholding of Gov. Scott Walker's anti-public employee union legislation. Bradley said over the weekend, "The facts are that I was demanding that he get out of my office and he put his hands around my neck in anger in a chokehold."


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