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UPDATE: Assembly leader Bill Kramer seeks treatment

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Wisconsin State Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer is checking into a treatment center after allegations he sexually harassed multiple women. Republican members with direct knowledge of the situation say Kramer is accused of sexually harassing multiple women while in Washington D.C. for a Republican party fundraiser.

Kramer was elected as State Assembly Majority Leader in September, but first took office as a lawmaker representing the Waukesha area in 2006. House Speaker Robin Vos released a statement Saturday saying quote:

"The allegations against Rep. Kramer are very serious and we are glad he recognizes the need to seek treatment."

"We hope in so doing he will come to terms with his problems so that no woman will ever again be subject to this alleged inappropriate behavior."

Lawmakers still have some work that they need to do this session at the state capitol. The Republican party is hoping Kramer will resign so they can get back to business and finish off the session.  Vos says either way Republican leaders will take a vote to remove him from his leadership position on Tuesday and then select a new leader as soon as possible.

Madison Democrat Terese Berceau says she's pleased to see the Republican party acting quickly to resolve this matter.

"I think it must have reached some level of importance if they have gone public with this. It must have been an in house thing for a long time and they just felt they could no longer contain it as an in house activity," Berceau says.

27 news has attempted to contact kramer himself for comment regarding these allegations. Our calls have not been returned at this time.

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MADISON (AP) -- Embattled Wisconsin state Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer says he is entering treatment as he faces pressure to resign amid charges that he sexually harassed multiple women at a Republican fundraiser.
  
Kramer's office released a two-sentence statement Saturday saying the Waukesha Republican was entering treatment and would have no further comment.
  
Two Republicans with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press earlier Saturday that he was being asked to resign among charges that he harassed multiple women Wednesday night and Thursday.
  
Kramer could not immediately be reached to react to the charges.
  
The Republicans who spoke about the situation did so anonymously because attorneys had not authorized them to comment publicly.
  
The majority leader is the second most powerful position in the Assembly after the speaker.

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