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Green Bay Legislators Begin Unloading On Lena Taylor

More consequences of her “Type in Facebook Account, Insert Foot” mentality.

Madison: Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) announced her plans to boycott Georgia Pacific. Sen. Taylor posted her intentions to boycott the company on her Facebook wall and encouraged others to boycott as well. Georgia Pacific employees approximately 2,300 Wisconsinites in the city of Green Bay. Some fear that if the boycott is successful it could mean layoffs for workers at the Green Bay facility.

Representative Steineke issued the following statement about the boycott:

“Georgia Pacific has been an exceptional employer for the Green Bay area and as a company that employs Wisconsin citizens; I wish them nothing but the best and hope for their continued growth so that we are able to see more positions being added. Why someone would wish ill on a company that employs our citizens is beyond me.

“This is absolutely irresponsible governing. As an elected official, Senator Taylor should be working to create jobs in Wisconsin; not instigating a boycott that puts Wisconsinite’s livelihoods on the line.”

Mayor Jim Schmidt of Green Bay also commented on Taylor in the media yesterday as well, meaning the story probably hits the Press-Gazette and TV stations up there today or tomorrow.

The real question circulating around Madison in political watchers circles is how long can state Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), who represents the plants in question, stay quiet on this.  He’s up for re-election next year and despite dodging the recall bullet will be targeted in the new maps in play, and not speaking up for one of the oldest industries in that district could be costly.

Then there’s the other things Hansen could do to her behind the scenes.  See, he’s Assistant Minority Leader of the Democratic caucus in the State Senate.  Wonder if any political trips Lena had planned will suddenly be canceled and given to other members?

UPDATE: From the press releases issued today.

Rep. Chad Weininger (R)

Rep. Tony Staskunas (D)

Nothing was issued from any of the 15 other State Senate Democrats on Taylor’s remarks.

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