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Rep. Jeff Wood sentenced to 45 days in jail

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The Wisconsin Radio Network says it's unlikely that Wood will be removed from office before his jail sentence begins. I still don't see why the scenario is so unlikely.

Well, what hurts Democrats more? Supporting Wood or losing his vote during the last few days of the session? There is a very real chance that Wood could be the deciding vote on a couple of key issues.

So how much would supporting an OWI convict hurt the Dems? Well, for starters, their leader in the Senate was convicted of OWI (while in office) as well. There are at least a handful of other OWI issues in the legislature. What makes Wood's case particularly embarrassing though are the addiitonal arrests that have yet to be resolved. Even if arrests without convictions should not be relevant in the rule of law, video footage of a man falling over while trying to touch his nose is relevant to voters who seek adequate representation in the legislature.

Luckily for the Dems, this is Wisconsin, and the older generations are especially reluctant to hold a few beers and a few failed sobriety tests against a man.

As a practical matter, if Wood were to be expelled, would there be a special election to fill his seat? That would be a bummer for the district, since the turnout will be low during a special election and there's not a very good reason for them to even have a rep before the next election, since the legislature is not going to be up to much after this week. A jail bird is just as useful.

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