Ott was one of the Republicans who put his name to the bill that would have Wisconsin's electoral votes go to the winner of the national popular vote in presidential elections, not to the winner of Wisconsin's popular vote. This explanation from an Ott flak is nothing sort of bizarre. Ott put his name to a bill he didn't understand? That's his defense for initially sponsoring this travesty?
From: Kraak, Maureen
Sent: Friday, February 19, 2010 10:31 AM
Subject: Rep. Al Ott
Thank you for your recent e-mail regarding Assembly Bill 751, relating to entering into an agreement among the states to elect the President of the United States by means of a national popular vote.
The information Rep. Ott initially received led him to believe that this measure would be a positive one for the electoral college and the popular vote. Rep. Ott has now carefully and thoroughly examined Assembly Bill 751, and has come to the conclusion that Assembly Bill 751 is not the proposal that he thought it to be. Therefore, after much consideration, Rep. Ott has decided to have his name removed from Assembly Bill 751. Rep. Ott sent a letter yesterday to the Assembly Chief Clerk officially requesting to have his name removed from this proposal. He no longer supports Assembly Bill 751.
In the event you wish to personally speak with Rep. Ott about this legislative proposal, he would welcome the opportunity. If you wish, you may call him at his District telephone number: 920-989-1240, or provide us with a telephone number where Rep. Ott can reach you at during the day/evening, and he will call you.
Again, thank you for your input.
Maureen P. Kraak
Office of Rep. Al Ott
February 19, 2010