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After John Lehman's victory in the SD-21 recall election gave Wisconsin Democrats control of the Wisconsin State Senate, Tim Cullen was offered to chair the Committee on Small Business Development and Tourism, and, instead of accepting the offer, turned it down and left the Democratic caucus altogether!

Cullen, in a letter to Wisconsin State Senate Democrats, made these remarks:    

Sen. Miller’s decisions are an insult to me and the people of the 15th Senate District. I came back to Madison to do what I could to help the Rock County area recover and make a difference on issues where I have some knowledge based on my background, which includes 20 years in the private health care industry, experience on the Janesville School Board, and service as the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services.

Sen. Miller has made clear that he does not value or need my presence in Senate Committee leadership and, quite obviously, in the Senate Democratic Caucus.

He has made his decision, and now I will make mine. As of the sending of this email, I am no longer a member of the Senate Democratic Caucus.

Senate Majority Leader Mark Miller made this statement about Cullen's hissy fit:
I am disappointed in Senator Cullen and the decision he made today. Senator Cullen turned down the chairmanship of the Committee on Small Business Development and Tourism. He told me that if that was the committee offered to him, he would rather chair no committee at all. It was an important committee as small business is the economic engine for Wisconsin.
I'm just going to let Miller and Cullen's remarks speak for themselves, as I am absoultely disgusted by Tim Cullen's royal fit after being offered a committee chairmanship he didn't want.

Originally posted to Aaron Camp on DailyKos on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 03:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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  •  Here's a vid so you know who Tim Cullen is: (1+ / 0-)
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    Not this mind and not this heart, I won't rot • Mumford & Sons

    by jayden on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 03:09:08 PM PDT

  •  The people of Cullen's district who voted for him (3+ / 0-)
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    JVolvo, Byrnt, Bob Love

    because he was a Democrat need to let him know what they think about his decision.  Walker knew what he was talking about when he "pegged" him on his Koch bro phone call!

    Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

    by ranton on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 03:56:25 PM PDT

    •  I remember some quiet rumblings about Cullen (2+ / 0-)
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      ranton, Byrnt

      during the Fab 14's quorum holdout - that he might agree to whatever Walker was offering to get him back.  Once Fitz rammed Act 10 through I lost track of Cullen in the larger movement of R Senator and Walker recalls.

      Yeah, it seems some folks on our side had Cullen's "independence" pegged way back then, too.


      The GOP says you have to have an ID to vote, but $ Millionaire donors should remain anonymous?

      by JVolvo on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 04:33:53 PM PDT

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  •  I smelled that rat all along. How democratic is (0+ / 0-)

    his district? He was just waiting for a way out of the Dem party. I wonder what excuses he'll give when he sides with Republicans, i didn't get what I wanted? He would have used any excuse, because nothing would have satisfied him enough. I guess he will caucus with the party and kiss those Koch boys arses and suck their golden ring finger.

    •  SD-15 is at least D+8 if not more Dem than that (0+ / 0-)

      If Cullen runs for re-election in 2014, Lori Compas will probably move into SD-15 (she currently lives about two miles or so outside of SD-15, her husband is a geography professor at UW-Whitewater, which is in SD-15), run against Cullen, and it's game over for him.

      "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

      by DownstateDemocrat on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 05:10:34 PM PDT

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      •  Unless she says that herself, it isn't true. (4+ / 0-)

        I know you think she is a good candidate, but, she is just one person. I think it would be better to let her decide what she is going to do. She is wonderful, but there is no reason to bring her up in this context unless she brings it up herself.

        •  Cullen will probably retire in 2014 anyways (0+ / 0-)

          ...several Janesville/Beloit Democrats will probably run for that seat, with the Democratic primary winner likely winning the general election. Compas wouldn't carpetbag into SD-15 in that scenario, also, if Cullen runs as a Republican in 2014, multiple Janesville/Beloit Democrats will probably run for SD-15 and likely defeat Cullen in the general election, and Compas wouldn't carpetbag into SD-15 in that scenario either. The most likely scenario for a Compas SD-15 run is if Cullen runs for re-election as a Democrat or as an independent, and, even then, she can decide for herself whether or not to try it.

          "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

          by DownstateDemocrat on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 06:06:05 PM PDT

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  •  Tipped, recced and republished to (1+ / 0-)
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    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 05:01:10 PM PDT

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