Was There an Earlier Hulsey Incident?
By now you’ve probably heard the story of Madison state Rep. Brett Hulsey (D), who in August plead no contest to disorderly conduct related to an incident at a Lake Mendota beach on July 4. The state rep. was accused of “horse-playing and splashing water at” a small child as well as taking pictures
Hulsey is married and has two children.
Since the incident became public, even in liberal Madison, Hulsey’s been in damage control mode for his behavior. Most of what he’s been trying to do is blame the entire affair — the arrest, his charges, the fact the case became public — on Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, who Hulsey has never had a great relationship with. The pair constantly clashed when Hulsey was on the city council during a previous Soglin mayoral administration. During the 2011 Madison Mayor’s race, Hulsey openly backed the incumbent Mayor Dave Cieslewicz.
Also during his damage control attempt, Hulsey blamed the entire July incident on Soglin because the mother of the little boy is a longtime Soglin aide.
Well, Soglin answered yesterday, and after reading his side of events, I’m even more creeped out by Hulsey a little. Apparently, this is not Hulsey’s first run in at a beach where he was found to be taking pictures of kids and God knows what else.
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says a city lifeguard complained about state lawmaker Brett Hulsey’s behavior at a beach in 2008.
Soglin’s revelation comes after Hulsey (D-Madison) was ticketed for disorderly conduct in July for rough-housing with a boy he did not know, and apparently photographing the boy at Spring Harbor Beach.
In a statement, Soglin described the past episode involving Hulsey: “In 2008, a Madison lifeguard reported to a high ranking staff member that the lifeguard was uncomfortable with Hulsey’s presence at a city beach.”
Parks Department spokesperson Laura Whitmore tells 27 News the male lifeguard was working at Spring Harbor beach. Whitmore says the lifeguard maintained Hulsey was “acting creepy,” an identical description to one relayed to a police officer in July to describe a man’s understanding of past complaints about Hulsey at city beaches. Police reports also show information on Hulsey’s past actions at beaches was relayed by Soglin’s assistant, Sally Miley. But Parks Director Kevin Briski told 27 News earlier this month there were no past complaints against Hulsey.
Whitmore says the lifeguard’s concerns about Hulsey in 2008 were general “and not actionable,” and did not result in any written documentation. Police reports on the July incident reference possibly other complaints over Hulsey’s picture-taking, but Whitmore says the lifeguard’s concerns in 2008 were the only official objections raised over Hulsey’s beach behavior.
Hulsey declined comment on the 2008 incident. Hulsey previously told 27 News the July encounter with the child was mischaracterized; the photo-taking was centered on a sunset; he was unaware of any past issues at a cty beach; and Soglin’s long-standing support for Hulsey’s political opponents may have motivated Soglin’s aide’s accusations.
Soglin says Hulsey owes city officials an apology for suggesting they would compromise professional standards in dealing with Hulsey’s case. Soglin also questioned the sun’s position in July at Spring Harbor beach at the time Hulsey claimed to be trying to capture a sunset with his photograph.
Hulsey made his name during the Capitol Siege last year. It’s hard to see how the man can be taken seriously on anything after details like this come out. For pete’s sake, these reports make it sound like we have an elected pedophile walking the halls of the state capitol.
Stay away from the beach state Assemblyman. Please!