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 ®

Rep. Tony Stasku­nas (D)

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

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