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Capitol Chaos: Fitzgerald Calls Capitol "Unsafe"
620WTMJ ^ | 3/10/11 | Tim Lethlean, Jon Byman

Posted on 03/10/2011 7:28:10 AM PST by Jean S

MADISON - State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the situation at the Capitol is "unsafe."

Fitzgerald appeared on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Wisconsin's Morning News.  He's concerned about the ability for business to take place inside the Capitol.

"Law enforcement is doing the best they can, but they're just undermanned," Fitzgerald said.

The State Assembly is scheduled to be in session at 11:00 a.m. Thursday.  Fitzgerald says that could be tough under current conditions.  "They're (officers) are having a very difficult time cleaning out, not only the assembly wing, but the rotunda is still full of protesters."

Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald is also urging caution.  "I have told my members to not enter the building until we get word that it is safe," Fitzgerald told Newsradio 620 WTMJ.

As to whether Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is concerned about the safety of legislators and staffers, he's quick to say "Absolutely." 

"Senators could not move freely through the building, let alone even get in an elevator last (Wednesday) night to get out of the building," Scott Fitzgerald said.

Even with the chaos, Fitzgerald is appreciative of the efforts of law enforcement, saying "They're doing the best they can, but they're just under-manned."

Protesters forced their way into the Capitol following the senate vote Wednesday night.  Fitzgerald says many of those protesters had help getting into the building, claiming "When the Democrat staffers opened the windows for protesters to get in...that's not how democracy is supposed to work."


TOPICS: Front Page News; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: 2endelections; 2killliberty; goonions; goonionthugs; publicsectorunions; scottfitzgerald; unions; wisconsin; wisconsinshowdown
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1 posted on 03/10/2011 7:28:11 AM PST by Jean S
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To: Jean S

WTH are the Wisconsin State Troopers ?


2 posted on 03/10/2011 7:31:02 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Jean S
We now have:

Mob Rule

3 posted on 03/10/2011 7:31:15 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Jean S
As a retired officer of 30 years let me be the first to say that law enforcement is doing nothing to stop this mob from entering the building. It would be a relatively easy task to remove the protesters. You just need the will to do it. I am disgusted by the lack of enforcement by these union law enforcement officers.
4 posted on 03/10/2011 7:31:43 AM PST by animal172 (Does anyone even remember the USA of old?)
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To: Jean S
The Commies come out at last.
5 posted on 03/10/2011 7:31:47 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: Jean S

The WI NG should have been called in a long time ago.

No offense to any FReeper LEO’s, but I wouldn’t trust them for security in this case.


6 posted on 03/10/2011 7:32:06 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

“WTH are the Wisconsin State Troopers ?”

Dontcha know, cmon ... They are at a union meeting.


7 posted on 03/10/2011 7:32:10 AM PST by George from New England (Escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: Jean S

A new day in ‘civility’!


8 posted on 03/10/2011 7:32:19 AM PST by therightliveswithus
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To: Jean S

Hmmm...I saw a post last night in which the police chief admitted that he had been protesting too when he was supposedly off duty and “on his own time.”


9 posted on 03/10/2011 7:32:49 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: GOPsterinMA

I’m a FReeper LEO and I don’t trust them. It pains me to say that, but as a friend of mine use to tell me all the time. The truth ain’t always nice, but it’s always the truth.


10 posted on 03/10/2011 7:33:34 AM PST by animal172 (Does anyone even remember the USA of old?)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Democracy?


11 posted on 03/10/2011 7:33:45 AM PST by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: Jean S

I say tear-gas them like they would if TEA Party protestors ever acted like this, which we know we wouldn’t.


12 posted on 03/10/2011 7:34:05 AM PST by panaxanax (*Memo to Jim DeMint: Check your mail. Your DRAFT NOTICE will be arriving soon!)
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To: Jean S

And as “Every GOP lawmaker in Wisconsin got a death threat last night at 9:18 PM”....

Will our esteemed “PRESIDENT” CALL ON THE CITIZEN THUGS TO BACK OFF??

What on earth is going on here?

We are lectured to endlessly by the Obama gang and the attendant leftist media about ‘civility’ and not fostering violence.

Now we have lawfully elected state representatives openly at risk for doing the will of the majority that voted them into office.

Will POTUS speak up?


13 posted on 03/10/2011 7:34:05 AM PST by cycle of discernment
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To: animal172

I’m totally not familiar with law enforcement methods, but it seems to me that you are absolutely right.

If they wanted to clear these ninnies out, they could do it, in probably 30 minutes.


14 posted on 03/10/2011 7:35:15 AM PST by altura
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To: animal172

I know what I’d like the police to do - but then you’d have folks whining about them being “jackboots”.


15 posted on 03/10/2011 7:35:20 AM PST by RabidBartender
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To: Jean S

Is there anything in their constitution that prevents legislators from convening elsewhere?


16 posted on 03/10/2011 7:36:04 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: screaminsunshine

Yes, this is what a true “democracy” would look like.


17 posted on 03/10/2011 7:36:31 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Exactly what I was wondering. Couldn’t they call for a temporary meeting place, as they would have to do if the Capitol had a fire or other situation which made it impossible to meet there?


18 posted on 03/10/2011 7:37:27 AM PST by altura
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To: George from New England

It’s on the Potempkin.


19 posted on 03/10/2011 7:37:38 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Fox has been running a clip of some protests where there are a number of troopers trying to shut doors, and one where the trooper’s hand happens to go near a protester’s neck. The protester fakes like he’s being manhandled and spins around, trying to get on camera.

I don’t know if that footage is from this morning or not though.


20 posted on 03/10/2011 7:37:38 AM PST by RabidBartender
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

***Mob Rule ***

True democracy, the rule of the mob.


21 posted on 03/10/2011 7:38:02 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Visit the TOMMY FRANKS MILITARY MUSEUM in HOBART, OK. I did, well worth it!)
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To: animal172

“I am disgusted by the lack of enforcement by these union law enforcement officers.”

It’s getting to the point where we cannot count on LEO’s. The “To Protect and Serve” bullsh!t slogan is a thing of the past.


22 posted on 03/10/2011 7:40:18 AM PST by panaxanax (*Memo to Jim DeMint: Check your mail. Your DRAFT NOTICE will be arriving soon!)
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To: Jean S

Obama is lecturing the American people about “bullying” and not saying a word about his union thugs in Wisconsin sending death threats to the pubbies.

What a slime the POTUS is.


23 posted on 03/10/2011 7:40:35 AM PST by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: animal172

“You just need the will to do it.”

Precisely. They’re not willing to use necessary (but not more than necessary) force to restore order.

Colonel, USAFR


24 posted on 03/10/2011 7:40:47 AM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: MrB

They are in free fall.


25 posted on 03/10/2011 7:41:02 AM PST by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: Jean S
"Law enforcement is doing the best they can, but they're just undermanned to support the maggot protesters."
26 posted on 03/10/2011 7:41:02 AM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: RabidBartender

I think it’s from last night after the vote.


27 posted on 03/10/2011 7:41:17 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: Jean S

And these same people expect the good people of Wisconsin to voluntarily hand over their children to them.


28 posted on 03/10/2011 7:41:44 AM PST by jmcenanly ( "We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him." -Samuel)
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To: Jean S
"Law enforcement is doing the best they can, but they're just undermanned," Fitzgerald said.

That's just BS. When you have a situation like this, it's a recipe for a disaster. Suppose someone yells fire, and there's a mass stampede? Suppose the place actually does catch on fire? Suppose passions reach the point where a riot ensues, all in a confined space? The police can easily clear out that building by ordering everyone out, and then start arresting, one at a time, anyone who doesn't comply. Anyone who resists gets slapped with that charge as well. The majority will get the point, and leave on their own volition.

29 posted on 03/10/2011 7:42:30 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: cycle of discernment
Indeed we have been lectured to. By zero and crew, and endlessly by the media who made up incidences that never happen, and implored the right, who were firming voicing their disapproval at town halls. Nothing like this mob mentality ever happened!

Now, no one will call this unlawful, despicable, and absolutely unAmerican behavior what it is. The contrast is obvious to anyone with eyes or ears!

30 posted on 03/10/2011 7:43:00 AM PST by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
Is this the United States?

Senators flee

Capital is not safe for elected officials.

After the health care vote the media went wild after walking through the Tea party. Nothing happened but media went wild.

31 posted on 03/10/2011 7:43:10 AM PST by scooby321
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To: Jean S

Please take moment to contact the Governor. Send this to your friends/email list. He needs to know that we are with him.

Email
govgeneral@wisconsin.gov

Mail
Office of Governor Scott Walker
115 East Capitol
Madison WI 53702

Phone
(608) 266-1212


32 posted on 03/10/2011 7:43:13 AM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: cycle of discernment
POTUU
33 posted on 03/10/2011 7:44:17 AM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: Jean S

This is the New Civility®

Isn’t it wonderful?

/spit


34 posted on 03/10/2011 7:44:29 AM PST by Noamie
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To: animal172

Yep and yep.

NG looks like the only option left.


35 posted on 03/10/2011 7:44:44 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Jean S
Can we start cracking their skulls open yet? Can we?

CAN WE?


36 posted on 03/10/2011 7:45:49 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Jean S

Just tell them that Spongebob is outside handing out free $20 bills and the place will clear out in a minute.


37 posted on 03/10/2011 7:45:59 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer.")
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To: thesearethetimes...

I have sent emails of support and have asked my friends to do the same-—

Let Wisconsin know we support their leaders-—

Please take moment to contact the Governor. Send this to your friends/email list. He needs to know that we are with him.

Email
govgeneral@wisconsin.gov

Mail
Office of Governor Scott Walker
115 East Capitol
Madison WI 53702

Phone
(608) 266-1212


38 posted on 03/10/2011 7:46:35 AM PST by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: Jean S

39 posted on 03/10/2011 7:46:58 AM PST by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: All

Jesse Jackson is there now....


40 posted on 03/10/2011 7:47:26 AM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: panaxanax
I say tear-gas them like they would if TEA Party protestors ever acted like this, which we know we wouldn’t.

Kolokol- 1.

41 posted on 03/10/2011 7:48:12 AM PST by sockmonkey
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To: Jean S

There goes all the savings. The upfront costs are going to be big.


42 posted on 03/10/2011 7:48:18 AM PST by Realism (Some believe that the facts-of-life are open to debate.....)
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To: Jean S
We are conservatives. We believe in self preservation and self defense.

ARM AND DEFEND YOURSELVES.

We are not Gandhi. Pacifism will only get more people hurt.

43 posted on 03/10/2011 7:48:33 AM PST by Dead Corpse (III%. The last line in the sand)
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To: thesearethetimes...

where would be the best place to send some coin if we wanted to?


44 posted on 03/10/2011 7:48:54 AM PST by IOWAfan (Iowa Hawkeye Football Fanatic)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

What ever happened to dear leader’s call for civility in January?!? Oh yeah, that did not include democrats.


45 posted on 03/10/2011 7:49:46 AM PST by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Unless I’m mistaken, state troops can’t be deployed without an order from the governor. I suspect Walker is being reluctant to do that, because it’s almost a guarantee that if state troops are brought in there will be a riot.


46 posted on 03/10/2011 7:50:06 AM PST by LoneStarGI (Vegetarian: Old Indian word for "BAD HUNTER.")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

The State Troopers and all other LEO’s are under the command of the incident commander (Read the Capitol Police chief). He is calling the shots.


47 posted on 03/10/2011 7:51:08 AM PST by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: All
Photobucket "Union negotiated break. We'll be right with you though."
48 posted on 03/10/2011 7:52:40 AM PST by Ronald_Magnus
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To: cycle of discernment
Will our esteemed “PRESIDENT” CALL ON THE CITIZEN THUGS TO BACK OFF??

This is EXACTLY what Obama wants to see happen. To rebuild this nation into his idea of a socialist 'paradise', you must first tear down the existing structures.

What's happening in WI is a prime example of this.


49 posted on 03/10/2011 7:52:49 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: Jean S; All

Is this the beginning of the coming insurrection that Beck has been warning about?

Bring it on, commie awipes. Better now than later.


50 posted on 03/10/2011 7:53:34 AM PST by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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