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Prominent Liberal Donor Accused of Beating his Wife

A little harsh?

So was this.

According to a Dane County criminal complaint:

Police in Maple Bluff were dispatched to Rottier’s lakefront home on the evening of Feb. 7 for a report of a disturbance between a man and a woman.

Rottier’s wife, Frankie, told police her husband was supposed to take their children to the movies but came home about 7:30 p.m. and had been drinking. She admitted being angry that he was no longer going to take the children to the movies and confronted him about being drunk.

Rottier then drew back his cane. His wife said she turned away, and was struck across her back. Officers observed a red welt, about an inch wide and seven inches long, from her shoulder blade to her spine. Emergency medical staff arrived and treated Frankie Rottier, but she declined transport to a hospital.

Rottier, 62, was arrested and taken to the Dane County Jail, where a preliminary breath test indicated a blood alcohol level  of 0.13.

Rottier is charged with misdemeanor battery, domestic abuse, use of a dangerous weapon. Neither he nor his attorney, Stephen Meyer, returned calls seeking comment. The case is scheduled for a plea hearing Friday.

“Officers observed a red welt, about an inch wide and seven inches long, from her shoulder blade to her spine…”

Wow, that’s old school.  Like “Rule of Thumb” old school.

Commonly used term originating in the early 1900s, when it was legal for men to beat their wives, as long as they used a stick no wider than their thumb.

No word yet if Rottier will be trying to use that as a legal defense.

As for being a “prominent liberal donor,” according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Rottier has given over $107,000 in donations to Democratic and liberal candidates since at least 1992.

That’s as far back as WDC’s database goes.  The last donations listed are for Marquette law professor Ed Fallone, who unsuccessfully ran for state supreme court last year.   Nothing reported to likely Democratic candidate Mary Burke (yet), but any wise campaign or activist group now knows to make a headline when it does.

Rottier is worth millions, and if he’s got a lakefront home in Maple Bluff that’s likely worth millions too.  You know what else is in Maple Bluff?  The Governor’s Mansion.

You know, quite the real “salt of the earth” neighborhood that is.

UPDATE: Remove the “Yet.”  Records from the Government Accountability Board show that Rottier gave $4,500 to the Burke campaign on December 20, 2013.  Let’s hold our breath collectively as to when a liberal women’s rights group demands they return the donations — or better yet — donate the money themselves to a battered women’s shelter.

UPDATE II: Dan Bice reports the Burke campaign is indeed donating the $4,500 it has received from Rottier and giving it to a battered women’s shelter in Madison.

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  • Rob

    Word on the street is Christine Sinicki has two warrants out for her arrest.

    Wonder where the two fat leftwing bloggers are on that one? Or is Zach plowing through an order of chicken wings and can’t be bothered at the moment.

  • Marc Eisen

    I’m curious: Why focus on the political contributions of this accused wife beater? Is there a public policy angle here? Or is it just grist for the unending political grind that a certain class of people never seem to tire?

  • Rob

    Tell you what, sir. Go over, make that point on psychotic Jeff Simpson’s hate blog(s) and see the response you get.

    I’ll get the popcorn ready.

  • Marc Eisen

    I’ve been cheapshotted by Simpson. His writing reminds me of this Binversie column: Ideological tough guys who think it’s okay to kick people in the guts when they disagree with them.

  • Rob

    I respectfully disagree. Kevin has much better spelling and grammar, and doesn’t act like a two year old.

    Then again, he responds to comments about once every blue moon.