MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News) State Representative Brett Hulsey of Madison is thinking about leaving the Democratic party, and becoming an independent. G-O-P Speaker Robin Vos said Hulsey told both him and Minority Leader Peter Barca about his possible switch. Hulsey would not comment, saying he was too busy dealing with the state budget at the moment.
He’s been a leader of several environmental groups – but he’s had virtually no political power in the Assembly ever since he took office in January of 2011. That was when Governor Scott Walker and a host of fellow Republicans took control of the executive branch and both houses. The Assembly now has a 60-to-39 G-O-P majority.
The last independent in the Assembly was Bob Ziegelbauer of Manitowoc. He was also a Democrat who sided with Republicans on some notable issues. Before that, Jeff Wood of Chippewa Falls was fed up with the Republican Party before becoming an independent. He left the Assembly about two-and-a-half years ago, after three O-W-I arrests.