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Wood Goes from Sad to Pathetic

Independent from Chippewa Falls, Jeff Wood; defending himself on a pending expulsion resolution from WisPolitics’ Quorum Call Blog.

“To bring this up at quarter to 6 (in the morning) is just inappropriate,” he said.

My friend James Wigderson says it best.

No, but 4:00 AM on a Friday morning was perfectly acceptable when his colleague that sponsored the resolution to kick Wood out was absent. Apparently Wood thinks broad daylight when everybody is in attendance is just not convenient for him.

It’s time for him to go.

The Assembly is now debating the Wood resolution.

Wood isn’t in his seat to face his accuser, Rep. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater), who is going back and forth with Wood’s’ “defense attorney” Rep. Mary Hubler (D-Rice Lake)

UPDATE: At the end of the day, the Assembly voted to censure Wood instead of expel him.  The expulsion vote was 49-48.  Jeff Wood voted on his own expulsion resolution.

No word when the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board will then get off its ass and deal with what is a likely ethics violation.

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Wood Gets Jail Time

It’s only 45 days. It’s nothing to cheer about.  This is both a sad statement about Wisconsin’s continued slaps on the wrist for drunk drivers and makes Pedro Colon’s outburst against Steve Nass look even more juvenile.

An embattled Wisconsin lawmaker has been sentenced to 45 days in jail for driving drunk.

Rep. Jeff Wood, a Chippewa Falls independent, pleaded no contest in Columbia County Circuit Court to third offense operating under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. Prosecutors in exchange dismissed a count of third offense operating a motor vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration and marijuana possession.

Judge Daniel S. George also revoked Wood’s license for 27 months and ordered him to use an ignition interlock device for two years.

A state trooper arrested Wood in Columbia County in December 2008. Prosecutors say he crashed his car into a highway sign and urinated on the side of the road. A breath test showed Wood’s blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit.

Wood still has two more OUI cases pending.

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Wood Unable to Force Floor Vote on Own Expulsion

I’ve long thought that the move to expel Jeff Wood (I-Chippewa Falls) was useless, and that the guy should save us all from it by simply resigning.  Since Jeff Wood continues to prove he’s a amoral jackass by not resigning from the State Assembly, this little move doesn’t come off as a shock to me.

Rep. Jeff Wood early Friday morning failed in an effort to force a decision in his ethics case at a moment when the lawmaker leading it was preparing for his mother’s funeral.

The Assembly deadlocked 47-47 and did not take up the possible expulsion of the independent from Chippewa Falls, who racked up three intoxicated driving charges within a year. The vote required a two-thirds margin. If expelled, Wood would be the first lawmaker ousted from the Legislature by his colleagues in nearly a century.

Wood tried to compel a vote on his possible discipline at a moment when the lawmaker leading the effort against him, Rep. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater), was absent getting ready for his mother’s funeral to be held later Friday.

Democrats who voted to take up the matter said they wanted to vote for a lesser discipline than expulsion such as censure. Republicans said they would take the matter up on Tuesday when Nass returns.

Nass aide Mike Mikalsen denounced the move as “despicable,” saying Democrats and Wood put Republicans at a disadvantage because Nass knows more about the issue than other GOP colleagues.

“There was a decision to play politics while he was mourning the loss of his mother,” Mikalsen said.

Wood said on the floor he wasn’t trying to shut out Nass and instead wanted to resolve the matter ahead of a scheduled no-contest plea in one of his intoxicated driving cases Monday. He said it was a bad precedent for the Assembly to expel a member for conduct unrelated to his official duties.

“I’m not making excuses for what I did. I’ll face the consequences in the judiciary. But that’s the appropriate place for it,” said Wood, who declined to answer questions afterward.

What’s amazing in all this, is that in this entire time, neither Nass or Wood have squared off publicly about the expulsion measure.  You can see the 47-47 roll call here.

But to try to get to the floor on the eve of the night Nass is trying to bury his mother…classy move from an admitted drug addict.

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Daily Quick Hits

Video of the Day

A quick capture by the NRCC of Kagen in full “Talking Point Regurgitation Mode.”

You know, the job of a Press Secretary is to be on top of things to make sure her boss doesn’t make a fool out of himself in front of a national cable audience.

By the way, it’s never a good sign when you have a White House Press Secretary tell the press at the briefing ‘The attorneys are looking at it.’

The “What the $^&*” Story of the Day

There’d be comedy in this, if it weren’t so sad given his addiction and how no one in Madison seems to give a damn about getting him the help he needs because Democrats need his vote.  Tragedy thy name is enabling.

Rep. Jeff Wood had more than eight times the “therapeutic” range of an ingredient found in cough syrup when he was arrested in September 2009.

A state lab test result, which was obtained by the Wisconsin State Journal through a state open records request, showed Wood had high levels of Dextromethorphan (DXM) in his system when he was arrested by the State Patrol in Marathon County in September.

The drug is an over-the-counter cough suppressant commonly found in cold medications, which is often abused by adolescents to “generate euphoria and visual and auditory hallucinations,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Illegal use of DXM, which is also known as “poor man’s PCP,” is often called “Robo-tripping” or “skittling.”

PPP’s Russ-Tommy Poll

I know a bunch of liberal bloggers in Wisconsin are over-joyed by it (The Chief, dude, seriously, language.)  But I noticed this; as did the state media, Feingold went from being up 9 last November to being up 3…in a Democratic Polling Firm’s poll.

(Maybe if they keep calling Tommy a lobbyist some more…)

USPS Requests to Go Five Days-a-Week

Congress must still approve the move; but the time has come, and kudos to the Post Office for either seeing its own likely demise because of technology ahead of time.

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Thursday Quick Hits

How Does Zucker Have a Job Still?

You want a villain in the entire Leno/Conan Late Night Fight, look no farther than NBC/Universal CEO Jeff Zucker.  At 44, the Harvard-educated plutocrat who gave us Katie Couric (He’s a former Today Show producer who climbed the ranks to CEO of the company.) is also the moron who thought is was better to have Jay Leno at 10/9 Central than lose him to ABC or Fox.  Since the $#!+ has hit the fan over this, he’s stayed out of sight, but is now reported to want to completely “ice out” O’Brien from going anywhere for the next three and a half years.

That would mean no show on NBC, or Fox which would be the likeliest option for the former SNL and The Simpsons writer to go if NBC were to end his run on The Tonight Show.

Somewhere, Letterman’s no doubt laughing thinking, “It’s not the jerks who just screwed me, it’s the whole damned network.”

Scott Ritter – Internet Pedophile

There was talk about this sort of thing during Ritter’s much-ballyhooed “There are No WMDs” hey-day leading up to the Iraq War.  They aren’t rumors no more.

Bart Stupak Mulling Run for Governor of Michigan

On the surface, he doesn’t stand a chance.  He’s a conservative, pro-life Democrat with little-to-no connection to the Democratic machine based out of Detroit.  But you have to think, in this sort of political environment, he might just be the best sort of candidate to win in the mess that is Democratically-controlled Michigan.

This could also be an extent of political grandstanding on Stupak’s part when it comes to his language on abortion in the Health Care bill.  If he bolts, his seat opens up and could be a GOP-capture in 2010.  Cook Political Report lists the PVI of Michigan’s 1st District as R+2 and in this environment the DCCC doesn’t need the headache of defending a seat the GOP has been drooling over.

Don’t ever underestimate the power an incumbent can hold over his party by threatening to run for another office and/or retire when his seat could be lost.

Massachusetts Senate Update

Political handicappers Stu Rothenberg and Charlie Cook have moved the race from “Lean Democratic” to “Toss Up.”  (Not sure I’d ever live to see such a day ever occur.)

Also, the new Tucker Carlson-run “The Daily Caller” is reporting that even after his $1.3 million “Money Bomb,” the Brown Campaign has been raising $1M daily; most of it online.  Finally, money from all sorts of folks who you didn’t think would be coming into a Massachusetts Senate race (DSCC, SEIU, AFL-CIO, MoveOn.Org, NRA, etc., and so on) is on its way.

Must Be An Election Year…

After saying the Economic Stimulus Package was a “Jobs Bill” (It wasn’t), and voting to pass “Cap and Trade” under the idea it is a “Jobs Bill” (It’s not), and the Health Care Reform bill was a “Jobs Bill” (Also not), Congressman Steve L. Kagen, MD (D-Appleton) is touting his sponsorship of a bill which would offer tax credits to businesses who “increase wages or add employees in 2010 and 2011.”

Now, I have nothing against tax credits, but I wouldn’t base my company’s future on them; especially one that only lasts for a total of two years.  It’s too targeted, it’s too limited in its length, and frankly, it reeks of “Desperate Politicians Needing Headlines.”  It’s not real economic development and any business that builds itself based solely on manipulating the tax code is playing with fire in the long-run.

Lightning Round

– Once upon a time I had a dream of opening my own comic book store with my buddies from high school.  That dream has since moved on, but I’m friends with a number of guys who do own their own stores and a big rant for them this past month was the insane amount of books DC Comics made them buy last month to qualify for a number of things they needed to please their customers. (Variant covers, free promo Green Lantern rings in seven colors, etc)  Well, the extra books sold like crap, and they’re sitting on the inventory.  To make it up to store owners (and stick it to DC Comics at the same time) Marvel Comics is offering a free variant cover of an upcoming issue of one of their hottest series.  All store owners need to do is ship the “stripped covers” of the issues DC forced them to buy to Marvel (the rest of the comic I assume will become recycled paper); for every 50 covers, they get a free comic at just the cost of shipping.

According to the latest Cook Political Report, 40 of the 50 most competitive House Races for 2010 are currently in Democratic hands.  WI-08 and WI-03 are on the list.

– This DCCC list of “26 Races to Watch,” is a joke.

– I’ll buy into Google suddenly being all righteous on China, when they do something beyond a press release.

– Anyone else see headlines like this on Drudge about Haiti (“War Zone: Gangs do battle in streets with machetes over food…“) and not think we’re about to see not just total chaos, but something very near to “Lord of the Flies?”  May God watch over those who survived the quake, but also going into what could be a dangerous situation to help.

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Wood Asks for 60-Day Delay

Let’s be honest with ourselves.  Jeff Wood’s not going anywhere until at least April (if he’s going at all), the Assembly Democratic Caucus needs his vote for whatever it is they have planned for the legislative session, so they won’t expel him before that; and frankly, the guy has little else going for him.

Delay away!

[Does make you wonder if and/or when he might go back on his pledge to not run for re-election too?]

Embattled state Rep. Jeff Wood is asking for 60 days to prepare his defense against an effort to expel him from the Assembly.

A special ethics committee is considering a resolution to reprimand or expel Wood, a Chippewa Falls independent, because he was arrested three times in less than a year on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Those cases are still pending; Wood has been convicted twice before of drunken driving, in 1990 and 1991.

The committee had asked Wood to respond to the allegations against him by Tuesday. In a letter dated Monday to Rep. Mary Hubler (D-Rice Lake), the chairwoman of the committee, Wood asked for 60 days to acquire legal counsel and prepare testimony.

Hubler told the Associated Press she thought 60 days was reasonable but would discuss it with other members of the committee. A formal schedule will be set at the next committee meeting, she told WisPolitics.com.

I don’t blame Wood for seeking legal counsel; it is his right after all to have a proper defense…even from his own actions.

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There’s a Second Door?!?

Apparently so reports Madison’s WKOW.

Representative Jeff Wood (I-Chippewa Falls) is burying the idea he slipped a media throng by hopping out his ground floor capitol office window into the snow and off to privacy.

Wood’s presence at the capitol Wednesday was his first appearance there in weeks.   Wood has also avoided making any face to face, on the record quotes to reporters since the first of Wood’s three recent arrests for alleged drunk or drugged driving.

When Wood refused to join reporters at his office’s front door for nearly an hour, reporters discovered fresh tracks in the snow beneath his office window.

But Thursday, in a telephone interview, Wood told WXOW-TV he went out his back door.

Most capitol offices have only one door in-and-out.

But Assembly chief clerk staff member Laura Jones confirmed Wood’s 21 North office has a second door leading to a capitol hallway.

It’s been a while since I’ve been in the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.  That will definitely be something I have to check out next time I’m there.

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Wood Votes on OWI Bill, Bails on Press Through Office Window

Right now, this is the only free media report on Rep. Jeff Wood’s day in Madison today.

A state lawmaker facing driving-under-the-influence charges has returned to Madison to vote on, of all things, a drunken driving bill.

Rep. Jeff Wood has been arrested three times in the last year on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. An Assembly committee is considering whether to recommend the full body strip him of his job.

The panel has demanded he respond by Jan. 5.

The Assembly returned to the floor Wednesday to vote on a bill that would toughen Wisconsin’s drunken driving laws. During a recess, Wood, a Chippewa Falls independent, quickly left the chamber with reporters trailing him. Asked if he had any comment, he said, without turning around, “no.”

He later voted for the drunken driving bill. The measure criminalizes certain first offenses and makes a fourth offense a felony instead of a fifth.

Wood, an independent from Chippewa Falls, voted for the drunken driving reforms.

That’s fine and all, but apparently it’s not what really happened.

While on Twitter this afternoon, I noticed this tweet from WISC [Madison’s Channel 3] reporter Jessica Arp which was frankly hard to ignore; let alone fathom.

Twitter News3Jessica 1My reply was this: @news3jessica Say what now about Jeff Wood & footprints in the snow?

Ms. Arp got back to me with this reply:


My reply after that one: @news3jessica Wow. Words fail me.

So I made an open call on Twitter, a few IM’s and emails later and I was forwarded this from a subscriber of WisPolitics’ subscription email.

Reporters were camped out outside his Capitol office this afternoon hoping to get comment from him. The door was locked, and a staff member told reporters who knocked on the door that Wood was on the phone. The staffer later told reporters that Wood had left, insisting he went out the door.

Some speculated the lawmaker may have left out of a first-floor office window, where footprints were seen leading away from the Capitol’s north wing.

Rep. Mary Hubler, who’s chairing the special committee that’s considering the expulsion resolution filed against Wood, said she didn’t know he was going to be at the session.

“It was a shock,” she said.

Hubler said at the ethics committee meeting yesterday that Wood couldn’t be located.

Hubler said she informed Wood an amendment to the resolution seeking his expulsion has been drafted limiting the list of charges against him to his arrests while in office and that he needs to respond to the resolution by Jan. 5. She said Wood had no immediate reaction to the news.

So, did Wood take a walk in the snow; without snowshoes, or not? Guess it’s another chapter in the crazy saga that is “The Jeff Wood Experience.”

UPDATE: WKOW confirms it on their “Inside Scoop” blog.

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Wood Finally Enters Rehab

Here’s hoping it sticks this time.

A Wisconsin lawmaker arrested three times for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in 10 months plans expects to enter a Minnesota clinic this week.

State Rep. Jeff Wood told the Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire Monday that he expects to enter a stricter, 30 to 45-day program at Veterans Hospital in St. Cloud, Minn. Thursday.

Wood said he was out on a day pass last week from an inpatient treatment facility when he was arrested in Tomah in western Wisconsin. He acknowledged taking more prescription medication than was prescribed.

The Chippewa Falls independent was first elected to the Assembly as a Republican in 2002.

Wood has said he doesn’t plan to resign, but won’t seek re-election next fall.

Wood acknowledged he has a serious abuse program.

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Jeff Wood. OWI #5

Well, this makes one question the “He’s in a treatment program in Minnesota” story being peddled.

From WEAU out of Eau Claire:

We have breaking news out of Tomah tonight, Representative Jeff Wood has been arrested for another OWI today. WEAU 13 News is breaking this story and will have the latest on WEAU 13 News at 10 and on weau.com

Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan (D-Janesville) and ADCC Chairman Mark Pocan (D-Madison) are kidding themselves if they think they can embarrass Rep. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) into ending his expulsion resolution against Wood.

UPDATE: Here’s the early police report on WEAU.com


Date of Release: 10-21-09

Date/Time of Incident: 10-21-09/4:23 p.m.

Type of Incident: Impaired Driver / Bailjumping

Place of Occurrence: City of Tomah

Arrested: Jeffrey S. Wood / DOB: 09-12-1969

Charges: Operating Under Influence of Intoxicant or Other Drug, Bailjumping

Summary of Incident:

On 10-21-09 at 4:23 p.m., a citizen contacted the Tomah Police Department to report a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner on E. McCoy Boulevard in the City of Tomah.

Officers were able to locate the vehicle on Helen Walton Drive and observed the vehicle swerving on the roadway and drive over the curb. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and identified the driver as Jeffrey S. Wood.

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests were administered to Jeffrey and he was subsequently taken into custody for Operating Under Influence of Intoxicant or Other Drug (3rd Offense). Jeffrey was also charged with Bailjumping for violating conditions of his bond out of Columbia County. Jeffrey was transported to the Monroe County Jail and released to the custody of the jail staff.

This case will be referred to the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Anything reported later in the evening, I’ll update it here.

UPDATE II: Sounds like this maybe another “High on Anxiety Pills” OWI.

UPDATE: Investigators tell us they did a preliminary breath test, no alcohol registered, but Wood was arrested for OWI.

On September 23, troopers arrested Wood for OWI. Today’s arrest comes less than a month later. At last report, Wood’s office told WEAU 13 News he was working on getting into a rehab program. There’s no word on if he was currently in treatment.

We are working on this breaking news story and will bring you more information tonight on WEAU 13 News at 10.

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