Breaking tonight…one of the Fleebagger AWOL Senate Democrats has returned to Wisconsin. Via Liberty Chick on Twitter:
“Democratic Senator Timothy Cullen has just returned to #WI tonite. ”
Budget battle: Senate majority leader says some of the Senate Democrats may return to state soon
Wisconsin Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he was told by one of the 14 Democrats who fled the state that five or six of them planned to return on Wednesday.
Fitzgerald says Democratic Sen. Tim Cullen told him on Tuesday that some of the Democrats intended to break their boycott and return to the Capitol. But Fitzgerald says Cullen then told him just before the session started that they would not be returning.
Cullen did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Cullen, D-Janesville, said he was working with “a highly placed Republican” on a deal.
Asked if a deal might be worked out for the Democrats to return Wednesday, Cullen said: “I remain optimistic each day.”
Cullen would not reveal the name of the Republican or details of the deal, saying it would be counterproductive to negotiate in public.
Sen. Fitzgerald: Expected some Democratic senators back today
MADISON (WKOW) — Republican Senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald tells 27 News a missing Senate Democrat assured him five or six of the Democrats in Illinois would appear Wednesday in the State Capitol.
None of the 14 absent Senate Democrats were in attendance for the session Wednesday.
Fitzgerald said the assurance can from Democratic Sen. Tim Cullen, of Janesville.
“I don’t know who’s in charge,” Fitzgerald said, “don’t know what their goal is.”
Unverified Report: Dem Senator Headed Back to Wisconsin; UPDATE: Sounds Solid To Me
UPDATE 3-2-11 12:10 p.m.: It appears that Senator Cullen is back with the other AWOL Senators in Illinois. So was the story wrong? I don’t think so. Liberty Chick tells me she stands by the claim that he went to Wisconsin last night, and I think she’s right. I also believe the proof may be revealed soon.
What it all means is anybody’s guess.
Some semblance of negotiations are beginning in the standoff in Wisconsin, where state Senate Democrats have fled the state in order to block a budget quorum on Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-public employee union proposals — but only a semblance.
As the Wisconsin State Journal reports, GOP Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Democratic state Sen. Tim Cullen met on Monday in Wisconsin — at a McDonald’s in Kenosha, right near the Illinois state line.
Fitzgerald is taking the meeting as a sign that some Democrats could be itching to return home: “”There’s six, seven, eight, nine of them that are starting to say, ‘Listen, we’re starting to look like we’re out of touch with what’s going on in Madison, and it’s time to get back.”
However, Cullen told the paper that a lone return will not happen. “No one will go back and be the 20th vote,” said Cullen. “We’ll go back as a group.”
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