Remember a couple months ago when Wisconsin Liberals protesting in Madison said they would be on their best behavior and set an example in civility? Yeah, me neither. Well it looks like they’ve decided to step it up a notch and start assaulting lawmakers directly.
A report from the Madison Police Department identifies the victim as a 43-year-old state lawmaker from Burlington, a description that matches Rep. Robin Vos (R-Burlington), co-chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee. Vos’ office confirmed he was the victim but would not say anything else about the matter, since it was being investigated by police.
The incident happened at the Inn on the Park, 22 S. Carroll St. Witnesses said a man came into the tavern and swore at three lawmakers, calling them criminals. A bartender said the man used the words to the effect of “money” and “damn Republicans,” according to the police report.
Another man was recording the incident with a video camera when the bartender asked him to stop. That’s when the person who had been yelling dumped the beer on Vos’ head, according to the report.
The police report says beer splashed onto two other lawmakers, Rep. Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford) and Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette).
Vos told police that the man has been harassing him since February, though previous encounters had not involved physical contact. The representative did not know the suspect’s name, but a female State Capitol employee, who was with the group, gave police a name and said Capitol Police would have his contact information, according to the report. Police believe he’s a 26-year-old.
Police said that when they find the beer pourer, he will likely face a tentative charge of disorderly conduct.
A source present at the incident and who wished to remain anonymous has identified the perpetrator as Miles Kristan, a well-known fixture of the recent protests in Madison and elsewhere in Wisconsin. Kristan is also well known to the MacIver News Service. He has harassed our interns and our investigative reporter in attempts to prevent us from providing coverage of events in Madison and Janesville.
UPDATE – The MacIver News Service have discovered a video, posted online, of Kristan and another protester harassing Representatives Vos and Suder just last week. In the video, which is apparently shot by Kristan and can be seen here, the representatives leave the Capitol and head over to check into the Inn on the Park. This video corroborates allegations that these two individuals have repeatedly harassed Vos, Suder and others.
“I am somebody and you will listen to me,” the agitator screams at one point in the six-and-a-half-minute video. Earlier, he warns that he was giving Vos “five business days to respond.”
The video was posted on September 9, five days before last night’s incident.
I’m still waiting for just one Madison liberal to condemn the assault on an elected official. Unfortunately all I could find was liberals rooting for him. This must be the new civility we’ve been hearing about. Jim Hoft at Gatewaypundit has more.