Aide to ALEC leader chases process server, pushes him down outside Wisconsin Capitol building

Wisconsin Senator Leah Vukmir (R-ALEC) with legislative aide Jason Rostan
Photo credit: Whitney Thid. National ALEC Treasurer and Wisconsin Senator Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) with legislative aide Jason Rostan.

From Wisconsin State Journal: “A process server hired to notify state Sen. Leah Vukmir of a lawsuit says a Vukmir aide assailed him with abusive language, chased him and pushed him to the ground outside the Capitol, according to court documents filed Wednesday.”

“When I got outside Jason was running after me and he pushed me and knocked me down and threw the paperwork at me and continued to call me all kinds of (vulgar) names.”

According to the legislative aide that pushed the process server to the ground, the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Justice told staff members “not to accept service in the case”.

(Really? A state’s department of JUSTICE advises legislative staff to simply play a neverending game of hide and seek??)

The physical altercation on the scene of the Wisconsin Capitol grounds generates more questions, such as:

Where was our Capitol police force on Wednesday morning? Busy hatching up strategy against the Solidarity Sing Along?

Who was watching the surveillance cameras I thought were focused on the square?

Was Senator Vukmir’s aide witnessed running after a process server inside of the building?
If that answer is ‘yes’, why didn’t any other staff members push one of the 482 panic buttons installed in the Capitol building in September of 2012?

Wednesday’s final delivery of papers to Vukmir’s staff was the third attempt made.

The legal papers served by C. Lowrey Process Service upon aide Jason Rostan relate to a lawsuit filed in June by the Center for Media and Democracy that aims to make Senator Leah Vukmir of Wauwatosa give over documents from a May conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Vukmir is the treasurer of ALEC’s national board.

CMD filed the lawsuit after ALEC began stamping its documents with the disclaimer, “[b]ecause this is an internal ALEC document, ALEC believes it is not subject to disclosure under any state Freedom of Information or Public Records Act.” According to CMD, “There is no provision in Wisconsin law allowing private organizations to declare themselves immune from the state’s sunshine-in-government statutes.”

There are some nice quotes over at the W.S.Journal article including this one:
“That office hopefully learned a lesson,” Chris Lowrey said. “I’m a Republican, and I was disgusted with their behavior.”

Welcome to my world, Chris.


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