Christian Schneider

Author, Columnist

Get Ready to Fumigate the Assembly

Great news in the Overblown Political Theater department:

Rep. Nelson: Begins sit-in to protest budget impasse

Contact: Rep. Nelson
608-266-2418 (office)
920-475-6221 (cell)

Democratic Assemblyman to remain in Assembly chambers, ready to work, 24 hours a day 7 days a week until budget passes

MADISON – Rep. Tom Nelson (D-Kaukauna) will begin a sit-in today at 9 a.m. in the Wisconsin State Assembly chambers.

Nelson will remain at his desk, ready to work, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until a budget proposal is brought to the Assembly and passes both the Assembly and Senate.

The budget is 109 days past due and Wisconsin remains the only state to not have passed a budget.

And this is supposed to speed up the budget?  Who wouldn\’t want to see this train wreck evolve for the next month?  I demand full-time coverage on WisconsinEye.  After three weeks, he\’ll look like Ron Burgundy after his crash (complete with \”milk was a bad choice\” moment.)

Next time the Assembly is on the floor, look for introduction of a joint resolution memorializing Tom Nelson to put his shoes back on.  \”Mr. Speaker, unanimous consent to have Representative Nelson remove his Doritos from my desk.\”

Incidentally, while Nelson plays out this malodorous charade at his desk, he will continue to receive his state paycheck.  Why, you may ask?  Well, because state government is still spending the same amount of money it spent last year.

So, in a show of solidarity, I vow to ridicule Tom Nelson for 24 hours a day until the budget is passed.


  1. Didn’t the Assembly already pass a budget before it went to conference committee. Just pointing out an inconsistancy in his theory.

  2. While Nelson looked for TV cameras, his colleagues on both sides were actually meeting with each other. I am not sure why the press plays along. First the hamburger bill, now this. He has got to be the least popular member of the Assembly.

  3. Nelson should be fermenting in the Senate Chamber. Thanks to Senate Democrats, they are the only body who has failed to act on any legitimate major budget proposal. At least Assembly Republicans had the intellectual honesty and courage (since they could have lost) to allow an Up or Down vote on Doyle budget Part II. What a shame that Senator Judy Robson has neither.

  4. This is what passes for “Policy Research” and “Free Market” thinking? So mature.

  5. A puerile media stunt deserves the same treatment in kind.

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