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9 GOP lawmakers pledge support to Tea Party


MADISON (WSAU)   As Wisconsin political leaders cry-out for harmony, nine Republican legislators have pledged to seek a polarizing Tea Party agenda – some of which Democrats have called extreme. The nine promised to push for a bill demanding the arrests of any federal officials who try to implement the Obama health law in Wisconsin. And eight of the nine said they’d allow criminal sexual assault charges against federal airport screeners for invasive pat-downs at airport security checkpoints. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the nine Republicans signed pledges during their campaigns to support measures sought by the Campaign for Liberty. They also endorsed a right-to-work law in which private sector employees do not have to pay union dues – allowing sales of raw milk – ending state permits for carrying concealed weapons – and blocking state funds for the fortified “Real I-D” drivers’ licenses that Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner proposed soon after 9-11.

The nine lawmakers who signed the tea party pledge include Senator Mary Lazich of New Berlin – and Assembly incumbents Chris Kapenga of Delafield, Don Pridemore of Hartford, Scott Krug of Wisconsin Rapids, Tom Larson of Colfax, and Erik Severson of Star Prairie. Severson told the group he opposed sex charges for airport screeners. Three newly-elected G-O-P Assembly members also signed the pledge – Dave Murphy of Greenville, Mark Born of Beaver Dam, and Rob Hutton of Brookfield.

A couple backed off of some of their pledges yesterday. Larson told Assembly Republicans that arresting federal officials who carry out Obama-care is not possible. Pridemore says he’d love to find ways to block the federal health law, but he’s not sure about the best way to do it. As for right-to-work legislation, G-O-P leaders say they won’t push for it – and Governor Scott Walker has said he’s against it.