UPDATED Saturday March 1, 2014 16:30 CST - WisPolitics is reporting that Rep. Kramer has checked himself into a treatment facility and has no other comment at this time.
UPDATE II Saturday March 1, 2014 19:20 CST -Daniel Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Wisconsin Assembly Rep. Bill Kramer may soon resign from his post as Majority Leader after being accused of sexual harassment.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 1, 2014
For More Information Please Contact: Speaker Robin Vos 608-266-3387
Statement from Assembly Republican Leadership
Madison…The Assembly Republican Leadership released the following statement in response to the news that Majority Leader Rep. Bill Kramer has checked into rehab with no further comment on whether he will resign from his leadership post.
"The allegations made against Rep. Kramer are very serious and we are glad he recognizes the need to seek treatment. We hope in so doing, he will come to terms with his problems so that no woman will ever again be subject to this alleged inappropriate behavior.
"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. 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."
According to Bice:
Sources said the allegations against the 49-year-old Republican lawmaker involve a 33-year-old female lobbyist and at least one other woman. The Journal Sentinel has decided not to name the women.According to the story, the incidents are alleged to have taken place while Kramer and other Wisconsin Republicans were attending a GOP fundraiser in Washington D.C. and on the plane when they were returning to Wisconsin on Thursday.
Kramer is accused of groping at least one of the women and making lewd and inappropriate remarks to at least two women.
Fraternity President - oops, I mean Assembly Speaker Robin Vos was shocked, shocked I tell you at the alleged reprehensible behavior.
"Recently I was made aware of serious allegations regarding inappropriate behavior by Rep. Kramer. Since I learned of those allegations I have been consulting with legal counsel and other legislators to understand what options are available.At this hour it appears that Vos is so upset that he will make Kramer turn in his gavel. There is no indication that Kramer is being pressured to resign from the Assembly.
"The alleged behavior is reprehensible and won't be tolerated."
Here is Mr. Kramer enjoying a vote taken on a bill about cougars.