Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) released the following statement Saturday morning:
“Today, the most shameful 14 people in the state of Wisconsin are going to pat themselves on the back and smile for the cameras. They’re going to pretend they’re heroes for taking a three-week vacation.
“It is an absolute insult to the hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites who are struggling to find a job, much less one they can run away from and go down to Illinois – with pay.
“Their appearance at the Capitol today is in direct violation of the contempt order issued by the state Senate earlier this month, and it proves their absolute disregard for the institution of the Senate and the constitution they took an oath of office to serve.
“But the people of Wisconsin won’t forget what they were really doing these past few weeks.
At a Monona Terrace press conference Saturday, Democrat Senator Tim Cullen of Janesville said that if Fitzgerald thinks the Democrats are the most shameful 14 people in the state, “he should go visit Waupan.” And Senator Jon Erpenbach said Fitzgerald did not have the authority to impose any penalties on the Democrats.