Rep. Peter Barca Resigns As Assembly Minority Leader

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September 8, 2017

Rep. Peter Barca Resigns As Assembly Minority Leader

Democratic Rep. Peter Barca stepped down this week from his position as Assembly Minority Leader. Head of the Assembly Democrats since 2011, Barca was among three Democrats who voted in favor of the Foxconn bill last month. We look back at his tenure as leader, and who may step up to fill the position.

Episode Transcript

Frederica Freyberg:

First tonight, Assembly Minority Leader Kenosha Democrat Representative Peter Barca has resigned his leadership post. This comes after his yes vote on the Foxconn incentive package. One of just three Democrats in that chamber to vote yes. The technology company could locate in Kenosha County. Barca became minority leader in the midst of some of the most volatile political upheaval in state history. The Republican passage of Act 10. Neither he nor his Democratic members could stop it. We look back now at a clip from reporting we did at the time with Peter Barca front and center.

Scott Fitzgerald:

Clerk, call roll.

Peter Barca:

No. Excuse me.

Man:

Aye.

Peter Barca:

No. Listen. It says here if there is any doubt as to whether good cause exists, the governmental body should provide 24 hours notice.

Mike Ellis:

There are 18 ayes, one no. The conference report is adopted.

[chanting "Shame"]

Jeff Fitzgerald:

We feel it's the right thing to do to get this state on the right track. We feel it.

Peter Barca:

You are voting with a giant storm cloud above your head.

[chanting]

Peter Barca:

The charade is up.

Man:

Those in favor will vote aye. All opposed will vote no. The clerk will open the roll.

[chanting]

Frederica Freyberg:

Tonight, more than six years later, Peter Barca's leadership position is up and he will step down. Representative Gordon Hintz of Oshkosh announced this afternoon he will run to be the next Assembly Democratic Leader.

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