The Assembly Democratic leader is leaving his post.
Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, announced his decision in a statement Thursday after a four-hour, closed-door meeting that one lawmaker said focused on debating “leadership.”
“This afternoon I made the very difficult decision to step down as leader of the Assembly Democrats following deliberate, thoughtful discussions. I am grateful to my colleagues for their support over the last seven years,” Barca said. “It has been my honor to work as their leader in the fight for family-supporting jobs and an economy that works for everyone. Assembly Democrats have always fought to do what is right for Wisconsin families and workers.”
Barca’s resignation — effective Sept. 30 — came after the meeting in a conference room at the U.S. Bank building on the Capitol Square during which some Assembly Democrats were planning to raise the question of whether Barca should be replaced.
Some members of the caucus have privately expressed skepticism over Barca’s leadership as minority leader.
Last month, Barca was one of three Democrats to join majority Republicans to vote in favor of a nearly $3 billion tax incentive package to lure Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn to southeastern Wisconsin, a project that could bring jobs and research money to his district.
No replacement was named Thursday, a Barca spokeswoman said.
Ever since Walker’s election, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin has become increasingly a party of militant leftists with little tolerance for any opposing views. Barca is a liberal’s liberal, but even he was declared an apostate for working with Walker to bring Foxconn to Wisconsin.
Even though Wisconsin’s Republicans can’t seem to walk without stepping on their own feet, the Democrats will struggle to find their way back from the wilderness as long as they continue to only cater to the Marxists in Milwaukee and Madison.