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Rep. Wood fires back at ethics committee

MADISON (WKOW) -- Embattled Chippewa Falls state representative Jeff Wood, who has been charged three times with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, is asking his colleagues not to take any disciplinary action against him.

A committee that's been formed to consider whether to expel the independent assembly member plans to hold a public hearing tomorrow. The committee is also considering the potential for lesser punishment such as a reprimand against the independent who represents a district in northwestern Wisconsin.

In a resolution released today, Wood recounts a series of lawmakers who have been charged with a range of crimes dating back to the 1940s. He says the Legislature took no action against them, and shouldn't discipline him, either.

Wood, a former Republican, suggests he is being treated differently because he is an independent. He said his personal conduct had nothing to do with his work in the legislature.

Rep. Stephen Nass (R-Whitewater) disagrees. 

"That defense is simply crazy," Nass said. "There is a point in time when legislators that are serving have to decide whether they want a member there or not. We have moral and ethical obligations."

Nass said the resolution is another delay tactic from Wood, and urged members of the ethics committee to set aside the resolution and come up with an appropriate punishment.

Formal effort to expel lawmaker Wood (October 14, 2009)

Rep. Wood arrested for OWI near Wausau (September 24, 2009)

Legislator in court for OWI, judge to consider vehicle search (July 28, 2009)

UPDATE: Lawmaker not in court, ordered to stay sober (February 4, 2009)

Rep. Wood formally charged with 3rd OWI (January 13, 2009)

Witnesses monitored lawmaker's alleged drunken driving (December 22, 2008)

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