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Monday, March 24, 2014

 11:32 AM 

Kramer will not seek re-election

State Rep. Bill Kramer, who was dumped as majority leader after he was accused of sexually harassing two women, will not seek re-election this fall.

The GAB received a notice of noncandidacy today from the Waukesha Republican.

Kramer was accused of sexually harassing a lobbyist and groping a legislative staffer during a fundraising trip last month to Washington, D.C. He entered treatment soon after the allegations surfaced, and the Assembly GOP caucus voted unanimously days later to remove him from the No. 2 post in the chamber.

GOP leaders did not call for Kramer to resign from the Assembly following the allegations. But Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said Kramer should not seek re-election.

Kramer's office said today he remains in treatment, and he did not immediately return a message left on his cell phone.

He is the 13th member of the Assembly to announce they will not run for re-election to the chamber this fall; six of those are running for another office.

-- By JR Ross


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