Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin are seeking to oust the state Assembly’s majority leader after he was accused of sexually harassing at least two women at a recent fundraiser, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Saturday.
A lobbyist and a legislative staffer accused Majority Leader Bill Kramer (R) of harassing them at a GOP fundraiser Wednesday in Washington, D.C. and on a flight back to Wisconsin, according to the Journal Sentinel. The allegations include groping at least one of the women and making inappropriate and lewd remarks.
State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) and his caucus plan to vote Tuesday to remove Kramer from his leadership post.
“We believe the serious nature of the alleged incidents require us to ask the Assembly Republican Caucus to remove Rep. Kramer from his position as the Assembly majority leader,” Vos’s office said in a statement. “It is clear he has lost our trust and confidence. On Tuesday, Assembly Republicans will take a vote to remove him from his leadership position and we will then determine how best to fill the position of majority leader.”
Kramer’s office said Saturday in a statement provided to Wispolitics.com that the majority leader had checked himself into a treatment facility, adding there would be “no further comment at this time.”
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