Feb. 18: Wisconsin law enforcement officials hunt for Wisconsin Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mark Miller:
Feb. 22: Sen. Miller gives a televised press conference on behalf of himself and the other fugitive “Badger 14” senators who on Feb. 17 had abandoned their senate seats and fled Wisconsin to evade arrest. They fled and shut down the ability of the Senate to act on a pending budget-repair bill despite having sworn, pursuant to Article IV, Sect. 28, of the Wisconsin Constitution, an oath “faithfully to discharge the duties of their respective offices to the best of their ability.”
Sen. Miller, even though hiding in Illinois, AWOL from his legislative duties, and in violation of his constitutional oath, speaks in front of Wisconsin and United States flags. Nervous and stuttering, anxious to justify his actions as leader of the “Badger 14,” he states (at 1:28) that “to be able to allow democracy to work,” he and the other 13 Democrat senators had to “take ourselves out of the capitol,” and flee the state, to “allow the people to have their voice” — but he promises (at 3:56) that as soon as the Governor capitulates to their demands, “we’ll go back to work in an instant.”
Feb. 23: Immediately after his speech, despite having taken several questions from members of the mainstream media he invited to attend, Sen. Miller flees from a citizen journalist who politely questions him. He refuses to answer any questions.
Feb. 23: U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan addresses the sad spectacle of the fugitive “Badger 14” senators, in a speech at a Madison Business Day conference. He says he finds the episode “really curious”:
I didn’t like the legislation that was moving through Washington the last two years. I didn’t like cap and trade. I didn’t like Obamacare. I didn’t like the stimulus. But I didn’t walk out! (Applause) We stayed and did our jobs. We voted. We tried to amend. We made our debates. We put the votes. And elections have consequences! They won, we lost. That’s the way it works. So I just don’t understand this lack of respect for the rule of law.