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Protester gives Sen. Grothman a hug

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Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend)

MADISON (WKOW) -- A Republican lawmaker was caught in a crowd of protesters earlier this month, but at least one demonstrator has since shown him some love.

Madison police say Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) entered a downtown M&I Bank where a group was protesting the bank, due to contributions by some bank employees to Gov. Scott Walker's campaign.

As Grothman left the bank, a man gave him a hug.  Police say Grothman "did not appear to enjoy the embrace" and managed to "squirm away."

The man says he didn't know Grothman but hugged him because he "loved him" and because Grothman was wearing a suit. Police told the man to keep his hands off those "who do not want to be touched."

Grothman has been a vocal critic of the pro-union protesters, at one point calling them "slobs."

The man who hugged Grothman also told a police officer that he is the "peace walker," that he trekked to Madison from Las Vegas and that he is considering running for president.  He also asked the officer if he knew Snoop Dogg.

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