JSOnline reported on Friday that Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan is now not giving a clear stance on whether Rep. Jeffery Wood (I-Chippewa Falls, Bloomer 67th District) should be expelled from the Assembly. Despite the Assembly Speaker is for tougher drunk driving laws, he sort is not getting tough enough on someone who is facing charges on third and fourth offense OWI. Speaker Sheridan who is mandated by law to set-up a six person commission after Rep. Steve Nass introducing a resolution said this statement on expelling Jeff Wood:
“I think we have to be real careful of going down that road,” Sheridan said. “To me, it’s kind of like Pandora’s box. Where does this end? If you want to start looking at situations where people have gotten themselves into some sort of jam — where does it start and where does it end?”-Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan (D-Central Janesville, 44th District)
This is in comparison to the statement the Assembly Speaker said after Wood’s arrest:
“I am deeply troubled by the news of Rep. Wood’s arrest. The charges against him are very serious, and I am now and will be reviewing the emerging details of his case. The Assembly took meaningful action last week to tackle the issue of drunken and impaired driving in Wisconsin, approving both tougher penalties and more treatment resources for those who get behind the wheel while intoxicated. We remain committed to addressing this widespread problem.”-Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan after Jeff Wood’s Arrest.
Speaker Sheridan, did you care to read the resolution Rep. Nass wrote on expelling Jeff Wood? The Assembly Speaker is more concerned on not giving up on an ally for extreme left wing state Senator Pat Krietlow and Representative Kristin Dexter who are allies of Wood. Basically the “flip flop” Assembly Speaker thinks its OK to pass tougher drunk driving laws for everyone, but doesn’t want Jeff Wood to face the music.
Basically, here is what Speaker Sheridan didn’t care to read in the resolution against Jeff Wood:
* Page 1, Lines 20 and 21-Whereas, on February 4, 2009, Representative Wood was ordered to maintain absolute sobriety as a condition of his bond for the December 12, 2008 arrest.
* Page 1, Lines 24 and 25 along with Page 2 Lines 1 to 3-Whereas, Representative Wood has been involved in three other instances of disorderly behavior as a result of his use of drugs and alcohol, the most serious occurring in 1989 when he was accused of having sex with an underage minor whom he met at a party, for which he eventually plead guilty to a lesser misdemeanor and served one year on probation.
* Page 2, Lines 10 to 13-Whereas, on September 17, 2009, the Wisconsin assembly passed 2009 Assembly Bill 283, by a vote of 95 to 0, which makes numerous changes to toughen Wisconsin law on drunk and drugged driving, including making certain fourth offenses a felony.
* Page 2, Lines 14 to 15-Whereas, Representative Wood voted “aye” on passage of 2009 Assembly Bill 283.
Speaker Sheridan’s conduct proves he is more worried on protecting Jeff Wood for his political cover then rather taking action on behalf of the people of Wisconsin. Speaker Sheridan, next time read the darn resolution. This type of conduct will sure make Rahm Emanuel, Nancy Pelosi, Eric Holder, and Barack Obama proud. Officially, Mike Sheridan is a flip flop on drunken driving reform.