Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald drafted a resolution to fine the chamber's 14 Democrats $100 a day if they remain absent, as well as force them to reimburse the state for any costs the state incurs trying to force them to return.
Brilliant. I suspect it is illegal to force anyone to pay for a government stake-out of their house, so Fitzgerald just looks like an overreaching idiot here.
More importantly, Fitzgerald's impatience is undermining his party's attempts to paint the missing Senators as lazy and cowardly. They had been harping on the talking points that is "time to come back and do the job they are paid to do."
Well, they are not being paid, since the State Senate previously passed a rule to hold their paychecks until they pick them up on the Senate floor. Now they are also facing mounting fines. Rather than seeming lazy and greedy, even constituents who are on the fence about whether the 14 should continue their hold-out must see that they are now making significant personal sacrifices for their cause.
Every day, Walker and the Fitzgeralds look more and more like Eric Cartman in his trooper uniform, shouting: "You will respect my authoritay!"
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