Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan attempts to protect Jeff Wood facing expulsion

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.

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3 Responses to Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan attempts to protect Jeff Wood facing expulsion

  1. Pingback: Speaker Mike Sheridan needs to stop political games and move forward to expelling Rep. Jeff Wood « North Shore Exponent

  2. grumps says:

    Even if your post was a coherent list of Wood’s transgressions in what way has he violated Assembly rules that would lead to expulsion?

    • Kyle Maichle says:

      It is in the Wisconsin Constitution that requires ALL MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY regardless of party affiliation to hold the highest standards of ethical conduct. However, in most cases when legislators had ethical issues, they did the smart thing and resign from their their post in the Assembly. This is the first time in over a century a motion to expel a member has been brought up.

      However, because Rep. Wood who is being foolish to continue in his post, this is why Rep. Nass brought up the resolution calling for Wood to be kicked out. Now, with his arrest of fifth offense DUI which is a felony under Wisconsin law, it shows he cannot carry out the duties of his job without worry to his constituents.

      Also, Rep. Wood said in a press release after his fourth arrest he was entering into inpatient rehab, but due to his fifth arrest yesterday he is no longer fit to serve the 67th. Rep. Wood has a serious problem and if he can’t resign, then he needs to be expelled or recalled out of office.. You can question me all you want on this issue, but nothing will change unless Speaker Sheridan gets his head out of butt and move towards the first step of expelling Wood.

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