Talking Points Memo: Déjà Vu All Over Again: Wis. GOPers Face…Loud Town Halls!

March 8, 2011- Wisconsin Republicans are now running into a rough sight in the battle over Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill and its anti-public employee union provisions, a sight that might be familiar to Democrats from the 2009-2010 health care debates: Loud, raucous town halls. And when U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R) ran into that ruckus last night in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa, Sensenbrenner declared the meeting over — after 27 minutes.

As the local paper WauwatosaNOW, which has the same parent corporation as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports:

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner shut down Monday night's town hall meeting in Wauwatosa early because the overflow crowd was more interested in talking about the state budget bills with Republican host state Sen. Leah Vukmir, attendees said.

The meeting got off to a tense start, they explained. Sensenbrenner threatened to shut it down if the crowd got unruly.Here's a YouTube video that was uploaded Monday night, apparently from the end of the meeting. Sensenbrenner's declaration of adjournment comes at shortly after the 2:20 mark — followed by various members of the crowd rising up to chant "Shame! Shame! Shame!" echoing the state Assembly Democrats' chants after the budget repair bill passed in that chamber.


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