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Local candidate asked to resign from county GOP amid disparaging comment


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The chair of the Brown County Republican Party is asking for a Board of Supervisors candidate to resign from the party over disparaging remarks made online.

In a statement Wednesday, Mark Becker called on Jason Wisneski to give up his 2nd vice chairmanship with the party after comments Wisneski made on a Green Bay Press-Gazette story about Democratic State Senator Dave Hansen.

The statement read, "Neither Mr. Wisneski nor his wife speak for the Brown County Republican Party. His comments are beneath the character standards we have set and we denounce them wholeheartedly. I have reached out directly to Senator Hansen at his home to offer our sincerest apologies. And effective immediately, I have requested the resignation of Mr. Wisneski from affiliation with the Brown County Republican Party."

The Press-Gazette story had to do with Wisneski's 2008 animal mistreatment plea. In the comments section, Wisneski and his wife made a tasteless comment regarding the 2007 tragedy involving Hansen accidentally running over his granddaughter.

A spokesman for Sen. Hansen's office tells WTAQ that Mark Becker did speak with Jane Hansen over the phone. Wednesday afternoon, Hansen issued this statement, “While Mr. Wisneski’s comments are unfortunate and have caused great pain to our family, the outpouring of support we have received has reminded us of how many friends we have here and what a truly caring community Green Bay and Northeast Wisconsin is.”

We have been unable to get further comment from Becker or Wisneski about the matter.

Wisneski is running in District 1 against incumbent Tom Sieber in the April 1 election.