Here is the gist:
Republicans managed to get their hands on the Democratic's proposals on how they planned on taking over the State Senate in this November's election.
State Senate Republicans put their hands on the campaign plans of Democrats in June - strategic help they say they lucked into after a legislative aide found the political documents in a Capitol copier five months before the Nov. 7 election.
Democrats are now accusing the Republicans of stealing that plan from them.
But Senate Democratic Leader Judy Robson of Beloit on Wednesday accused Republicans of stealing the material from Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona) and said she was contemplating referring the matter to Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard.
Republicans are stating that they found the document on a copier in the state capital building.
Keith Gilkes, executive director of the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate, said Wednesday that an aide to a Republican senator found copies of the political plans in the copier early this summer after duplicates had been made.
Here is what we do know- it is a violation of state law to do campaign work at the state capital. It is also a violation of state law for candidates to be coordinating with the so-called "independent" special interest groups.
It is almost laughable that the Democrats are blaming the Republicans for this.
According to Democratic Senator Miller, this is what happened:
Miller said Wednesday that he inadvertently brought the materials into the Capitol in late spring or early summer after picking up a similar binder that belonged to Matt Swentkofske, director of the State Senate Democratic Committee. He then left that binder in a copy room next to his Capitol office where he hangs his coat and leaves his lunch.
Miller said he did not make any copies of the documents, and he was confident that members of his staff had not done so. Using state resources for campaign purposes is illegal. Five former legislative leaders were convicted in the past year for developing a campaign structure that relied heavily on the use of state staff and office equipment.
I am just not buying Senator Miller's innocence in all of this. He "accidently" picked up someone else's binder. He then "accidently" took it into the state capital building. He then "accidently" left it in the copier room.
Alot of "accidents" have happened to the little ole binder.