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March 8th, 2011
09:12 AM ET

Wis. State Sen. Jon Erpenbach: "I wish we could be home right now"

More than two weeks after he and his Democratic colleagues fled Wisconsin to avoid a vote on the state budget, Wisconsin State Senator Jon Erpenbach remains in Chicago.

The Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller sent a letter to Gov. Scott Walker and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald asking to "resume serious discussions" Monday but Gov. Walker responded saying Sen. Miller is not open to negotiations. Is there a rift among Wisconsin's Democrats? When will they return home? Sen. Erpenbach talks to T.J. Holmes from Chicago about the latest in the Wisconsin state budget battle.

Filed under: Economy • Politics • U.S.
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Jeremy Montoya

    Jon Erpenbach for President 2016

    March 10, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  2. Tomtom Chantchant

    So let Erpenbach click his heels together three times and say, "There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's..."

    Buck up Erpenbach, you're going to stay on the lam with the rest of the fleebaggers until the Madison drum bangers, Jesse Jackson, Charles Rangel, Richard Trumka, and Michael Moore all say you can come home. And not an hour earlier.

    March 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  3. martini

    @slider; Like the Republicans don't have the Koch brothers in their collective back pockets....

    March 9, 2011 at 9:10 am |
  4. Mark

    Wake up, after the Republicans finish with the American unions, they are coming after you. They want you to work for nothing. Two classes of people, the rich and the poor, no middle class.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:32 am |
  5. mike sey

    The antics of Gov. Walker would drive anyone to drink. Hang in there, Senator. The wealthy plutocrats and tax-dodging corporate barons have the Republicans in their pocket, and they will not make a decision or a move without their money-bags' permission.

    March 9, 2011 at 6:56 am |
  6. Duane

    Jon Erpenbach's name as one of the fighting fourteen will be recorded in the history of Wisconsin and applauded for his moral and ethical stand against the tyranny of Scott Walker.

    March 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
  7. slider

    The unions have these democrats in their back pocket and they will not make a move or decision without the unions permission.

    March 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  8. Kylie

    Bringing up something he did when he was young and drunk to support your lame argument. Classy.

    Thank you, Senator Erpenbach, for representing the MAJORITY of Wisconsin citizens and defending our rights. THAT is doing your job.

    March 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  9. DaveL

    I think the Democrats from Wisconsin are heroes for allowing the people's voice to be heard over all the Republican rhetoric flying around the country. Bills are being pushed down our throats by the Republicans because they have always been quick to think winning an election gives them a mandate...Arrogance on steroids! The Republicans want to privatise everything because they
    believe only the wealthy know what is best for us common folks...Unions stand in their way...The civil-service union and Walker are just the beginning...Now if you believe the Republicans are right...fine...but you can be certain taxes will never go down but the standard of living for us common folk will...So go shoot yourself in the foot since you Republicans love your guns!

    March 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  10. SME

    Years ago, John Erpenbach was arrested for being drunk and having climbed a fence into a private swimming pool. He was making poor decisions back then, and he continues to make them today, with his dem friends not going back to the state job they have, and the people are paying him to do this job. What a joke this guy is.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:23 am |