Yesterday Glenn Reynolds hypothesized that, just like a woman in a swimsuit, a man in a Speedo won’t “get taken very seriously.” But those who follow Wisconsin politics know there’s no need to hypothesize about such a thing — and that Glenn Reynolds is incorrect.
Meet Wisconsin legislator Brett Hulsey, who represents 78,000 lucky residents of Wisconsin’s 78th Assembly District (which covers much of west Madison). Many who have not yet heard of Hulsey may have heard of two of his constituents — blogger Ann Althouse and her husband, commentator, and videographer, Laurence (“New Media”) Meade:
Althouse and Meade have been terrific at documenting a wide range of interesting conduct by Hulsey, both on and off the job, easily qualifying Husley as one of the leading lights of “progressivism.”
For example, in March, 2011, Hulsey facilitated a liberal protester’s violation of the Wisconsin Capitol building rules against posting signs and then declined to meet with Meade to discuss the matter (video of Hulsey here), despite repeated efforts to set up a meeting. Even when confronted in public, on video, Hulsey wouldn’t speak to Meade about his facilitation of the violation of Capitol Building rules.
In November, 2011, Hulsey ran a political ad revealing his inability to speak correct English even when scripted.
In July, 2012, at a public beach Hulsey took photos of young children, and tried to scare and then play with them, without the permission of their parents (who did not know him) — actions that resulted in his “no contest” plea on a disorderly conduct charge (police report here), and actions which Hulsey had difficulty explaining in a radio interview done by an otherwise sympathetic liberal talk-radio host.
And in February, 2013, Hulsey’s own aide reported him to the police, saying she feared for her own safety after he brought a box cutter into the office and said he was considering bringing a gun, even though he doesn’t have a concealed-weapons permit.
But all of Hulsey’s past transgressions can now be forgiven in light of his latest “constituent service.” On July 6, 2013, Husley thrilled the ladies (and plunged envious men into despair) by wearing a Speedo man thong in public, while competing in the Pardeeville Triathalon.
Don’t believe this was constituent service? Of course is was — why, Hulsey paid for the cost of competing in the triathalon from his campaign fund! Never mind that Pardeeville is 35 miles north of Madison, well outside Hulsey’s district — surely at least some of his constituents were there!
Hulsey’s latest activities attracted the attention of Dan Bice, of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, who wrote an August 6 article, and of Milwaukee talk-radio host Mark Belling, who discussed Hulsey in hour three of his August 6 show. To listen to that highly entertaining segment, click below or download here.
Oh — almost forgot! The definitive proof that a man in a Speedo can be taken seriously lies in the photos of Hulsey taken (by Focal Flame Photography, LLC, which holds the copyright) as he competed (to which Dan Bice linked).