Of all the Wisconsin Democrats on the run for the last week, one is moving a little more slowly than the others.Now most people would sit bank and weigh their decision. What do I do here? Care for my little children or sell my soul for pampered, angry union goons?
State Sen. Julie Lassa is six months pregnant.
Instead of spending her days near her doctor and family, Lassa, 40, is counting down to her due date on the lam in Illinois.
Lassa is one of 14 senators who skipped the state to block a vote on a controversial budget-reduction bill that would strip municipal unions of most of their collective-bargaining powers.
Besides the baby on the way, Lassa has a husband and two small daughters at home.
It's clear where Lassa's loyalties lie.
"I am teaching my daughters who are 6 and 3 that it is very important to do what you can to help your neighbors when people need help," Lassa told a reporter recently.Must be some comfort when the kids go to bed at night and wake up every morning wondering where mommy is. But hey, they'll cherish this moment when they grow up, I'm sure.
Lassa was defeated by Sean Duffy in the race for David Obeys's old congressional seat last fall. Duffy noted during the campaign that Lassa gave herself a pay raise two years ago while the state was already hemorrhaging money.
Maybe she told her kiddies a story about helping themselves at the expense of their neighbors.