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Fugitive Wis. Dem: I Told My Staff To 'Ignore' Reassignment To GOP Senator

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TPM asked Larson about Fitzgerald's statement, that the change was intended merely to give staffers a point of contact in the building.

"I would be very interested in letting Sen. Fitzgerald know about a new technology called the cellular telephone," Larson replied. "I thought he was aware of it. What it does, is it gives a senator the ability to keep in touch with his staff when he is not in that building. I would think he would know, this because most senators are not in the building on Mondays and Fridays, or days when we're not in session."

What communication has Larson had with his/Kedzie's staffers, we asked?

"I told them to ignore that. I said, he is not the one that they work for. " said Larson. "They are not shaken by this. They're standing strong. And they are continuing to do the work of the 7th Senate district."

Has Larson's staff communicated any concern about losing their jobs?

"Look, they realize we're in uncharted territory with the craziness the Republicans are throwing out there," Larson replied. "And I talked to each of them, and they are strong on this. they understand that is a very real risk, but they also understand what is at risk for Wisconsin. So I'm very proud of them, I'm humbled to have a staff that understands what they do."

Requests for comment by TPM to Sen. Kedzie's office were not returned.