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Governor warns of possible pitfalls in lawmaker's expulsion

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Governor Walker Wednesday again called for embattled republican lawmaker Bill Kramer to resign, but also said discussion of Kramer's possible expulsion from the assembly should include consideration of obstacles.

Kramer (R-Waukesha) was stripped of a leadership post by his colleagues last month after two women accused him of sexual harassment in connection with a Washington, D.C. fundraiser. Last week, Kramer was charged with the felony sexual assault of a legislative aide in Muskego in 2011. Kramer has stated he's not going to seek re-election.

"If they were going to take action to remove him from the Assembly, in doing so, he might have the ability to call people like the person who was the alleged victim," Walker said, referring to Kramer's right to call witnesses in a legislative committee hearing, if expulsion is pursued.

"There's concern, even among members of parties, that that could somehow undermine her legal case," Walker said, after signing a bill involving economic development in Janesville.

Assembly republican leaders are slated to meet Thursday to discuss expulsion possibilities.

Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Janesville) said she's unsure about expulsion ramifications, but said Kramer should spare his republican caucus of lawmakers the "distraction" of his presence as they prepare to hit the campaign trail in preparation for November voting., and resign.

Loudenbeck says police reports involving Kramer were disturbing, including Kramer's almost flippant references to the victim's breasts during a police interrogation.

"There were some comments that were made during the interview process that I think in doing that, even though he's seeking treatment right now, I think he still needs to do some soul searching," Loudenbeck says.

Kramer's attorney, James Gatzke, has yet to return a call from 27 News seeking comment.

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