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GOP won't remove Kramer from office

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Wisconsin Assembly leaders have decided not to consider removing Waukesha Republican Bill Kramer from office. A spokeswoman for Speaker Robin Vos said they did not want to interfere with a criminal case filed against Kramer a week ago. He's charged with two felony sexual assault charges for allegedly pushing, kissing, and groping a female congressional aide in Muskego three years ago.

His lawyer says Kramer will plead innocent when he appears in court on April 14th.

Kramer lost his Assembly majority leader's post last month, after he entered treatment amid reports that he groped one woman and verbally harassed another on a recent G-O-P fund-raising trip to Washington. Kramer has said he will not run for re-election in November, but he refuses to quit now. In a letter yesterday, Assembly leaders again called on Kramer to resign -- and they noted his constituents could recall him if they don't.

Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca says it would be impractical to pursue the long recall process, with the next scheduled election just seven months away. Barca said it's a mistake for the Republicans to give up the possibility of removing Kramer.