The State of Wisconsin is making news lately as not one but TWO of mayors from the fair cheese state are currently making waves for being public drunkards. When reached for comment they both collectively responded, “Hey, it’s Wisconsin. Have you been here? What else are we supposed to do?”
Okay, not really.
Mayor Bob Ryan from Sheboygan is under fire after having his own little “lost weekend” at the taverns in Elkhart Lake. Ryan apparently was making “sexual comments about a relative” on his cell phone, got into a fight with someone and then passed out at the bar. When he came to he did the most sensible thing he could – absolutely refuse to step down whatsoever, much to the chagrin of the city council who are considering asking for his resignation.
“Alcohol has never affected the way I do my job. Alcohol has affected my personal life greatly,” said Ryan. “I have never walked into a city meeting or council meeting under the influence of alcohol.”
On his three day binge Ryan says, “Did I pass out on a bar? Yes I did. I’ll admit that. Was I in a scuffle? Yes. Did I start it? No, I did not.” (note: that quote is actually 100% accurate). Ryan can be seen at right passed out at the bar while onlookers pose next to him. Seriously.
Meanwhile over in fair Marinette, WI, city council members are hiring two different lawyers to oversee the case against Mayor Robert Harbick.
Harbick was busted for drunk driving on July 2nd after crashing his car into a light pole with a BAC three times the legal limit. Dorothy Kowalski, a long time Marinette resident filed the complaint alleging that the Mayor also struck a deputy with his car.
“I don’t trust him. I don’t think he’s a good representative for our community, and regardless of how much time he has left in office I guess at this point that’s not what’s important. He needs to go,” Kowalski said.
The hearing is set to begin soon and could end up costing Harbick his job. Some critics note however that Harbick is already not seeking re-election after his term ends in April and that the hiring of attorneys to try the case is costing the city a lot of money.