Mark Miller to step down as Senate Democratic leader

2012-11-08T06:20:00Z 2012-11-08T06:38:55Z Mark Miller to step down as Senate Democratic leaderThe Associated Press The Associated Press
November 08, 2012 6:20 am  • 

Mark Miller has decided to step down from his post as Senate Democratic leader.

Miller's office issued a statement Wednesday saying he plans to quit his post when the current legislative session ends in December.

The Monona Democrat ran unopposed in Tuesday's elections. The statement doesn't say why he chose to quit his leadership position and his spokeswoman didn't immediately return telephone messages.

Miller served as Senate Democrats' leader when they fled the state in 2011 to protest Republican Gov. Scott Walker's contentious law that strip most public workers of nearly all their union rights. He helped Democrats seize the Senate majority last June in recall elections stemming from the union law fight.

Republicans took the chamber back in Tuesday's elections, though.

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  1. alan54
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    alan54 - November 08, 2012 9:08 am
    Time for Democrats to find some fresh new Senate leadership preferably some one from outside Dane County or Milwaukee County. Time to start grooming candidate to take down Scooter in 2014.
  2. fatwallet
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    fatwallet - November 08, 2012 4:35 am
    Sayonara "Rockford Mark"! I hope you are proud of the chaos you caused for several months. We don't need a part-time shuttle bus driver to take over, so maybe Cullen should step in?
  3. tomtom33
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    tomtom33 - November 08, 2012 4:13 am
    I got to know Mark when he was a freshman in the Assembly. He seemed to be a pretty decent person then. Chvala seemed pretty decent when he was a freshman in the Assembly as well. Chvala changed big-time over the years. The system takes a toll.
  4. Billie
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    Billie - November 07, 2012 6:34 pm
    Thank you for your service and thank God you are moving on!.
  5. JBANK
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    JBANK - November 07, 2012 5:55 pm
    Agreed. The Cullen episode was odd from the start. The back story will probably never come out on what actually transpired.
  6. witness2012
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    witness2012 - November 07, 2012 5:28 pm
    Thank you, Senator Miller, for your service.
  7. nan3
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    nan3 - November 07, 2012 4:52 pm
    Picking a fight with Tim Cullen for personal reasons showed a weak character, given the timing and the fact that in the end, he had to back down, although I do think Cullen's resorting to threats when he didn't get what he wanted diminished him even more. We need some changes for sure.

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