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Legislative aide says Rep. Hulsey brought box-cutter to state capitol


MADISON (WSAU)   An aide to state Representative Brett Hulsey recently told Capitol Police that she feared for her safety, after he brought a box-cutter to the office and pressured her to get self-defense training with him. The Journal Sentinel said the Madison Democrat also considered bringing a gun to the Capitol, even though he does not have a state concealed weapons’ permit.

An officer said the woman’s claim needs to be investigated, and that’s apparently where it sits.

Hulsey admitted the claims, and said he had no intention to hurt his aide. He said he just wanted to make a point about Republican security measures that he’s against – like carrying concealed guns in the Assembly chamber. Hulsey said he wanted to bring a muzzle-loading rifle to the Assembly floor to prove his point, but was told that he couldn’t. And he said that if lawmakers and their aides are expected to defend themselves, self-defense training should be provided.

Capitol Police Chief David Erwin recently urged staffers to punch aggressive protestors if they feel threatened. Hulsey said he wanted to take what he called an irrational policy to quote, “its logical conclusion.” The aide is on vacation. She’ll be assigned to a different Assembly office when she returns.