Wife tells Wisconsin protestors that senator has run off with mistress

After the Republican victory over unions in the Wisconsin state house last week, Democrats need every victory they can get – even the weird ones. From the Raw Story:

Protesters who marched at the home of Wisconsin state senator Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac) were met with something of a surprise on Saturday. Mrs. Hopper appeared at the door and informed them that Sen. Hopper was no longer in residence at this address, but now lives in Madison, WI with his 25-year-old mistress….

Sen. Hopper has worked closely with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to implement the state’s new anti-labor laws and enact policies favorable to the interests of big business. Like Walker, Hopper is one of the Republican politicians named in a massive recall effort spearheaded by Wisconsin Democrats.

Hopper’s wife indicated she is willing to sign the recall petition. The family maid apparently has already done so.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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KDAWG

March 14th, 2011
4:10 pm

KDAWG

March 14th, 2011
4:11 pm

But really, this is nothing compared to those COWARDS that left the state. Please, this is a non-story compared to that blatant act of immaturity.

Citizen

March 14th, 2011
4:16 pm

I would think the AJC or the “political insider” would quote more credible sources. Rawstory is a known progressive source who guesses/accuses wrongly with great consistency.

Freedom lover

March 14th, 2011
4:16 pm

And what’s the point? Politicians screw us every day. Why should we be surprised that they are screwing someone else for a change? As Reagan once said (not an endorcement of his horrible politics by the way), “politics is the second oldest profession and bears a striking resemblance to the first.”

jd

March 14th, 2011
4:16 pm

Aw, KDawg – Adultery is forbidden by the Ten Commandments — fleeing to another state to slow down a legislative process is not even considered by the book of Leviticus as a regulation!

Brent MacWilliams

March 14th, 2011
4:23 pm

This says it all about charactor and committment…None

joanne

March 14th, 2011
4:24 pm

@kdawg – why is it when conservatives get caught with their hands in the cookie jar or their pants down, their constituents first reaction is always “but what YOU did was so much worse!” and point a spotlight at something someone on the left has done? I mean, adultery = sin, right? So if all the conservatives are so concerned with GOD and Christianity, why are you defending this piece of crap? Hypocrisy is alive and well on the right….

OedipusTax

March 14th, 2011
4:25 pm

If Sen. Hopper was revealed as being gay, and if he was a Democrat in Massachusetts, such a discovery might lead to a Congressional seat. Better yet, if the sex was with an underage male, he might get that Congressional seat for as many decades as he wanted.

Easy E

March 14th, 2011
4:29 pm

@ KDawg..I dont blame the Democrats for fleeing the state..seeing how Gov. Walker wanted to pass this bill so quickly..

The entire bill’s motive is a sham..I am all for reducing deficits and balancing budgets all via painful method(s)..however the real motive of this bill was to cripple the Union movement (who we ALL know support’s the Democratic party much more than the Republican party)..by removing the collective bargaining rights, the unions are rendered practically useless which effectively reduces the support that goes to the Democratic party..

Anyone who wants to decieve him/herself that is not the case is just being downright untruthful..my dad always said..the worst sin to commit is to lie to yourself, because soon those lies will become your own version of reality..

RetiredSoldier

March 14th, 2011
4:33 pm

joanne-

The source is somewhat suspect. Even if true and I agree the guy is as wrong as two left feet, one wonders if it would be a story here on the “Political Insider” or better title is “Watch Jim Bash Reoublicans”. Would this be pushed by Galloway if it was a democrat involved? I think not.

I offer you Bob Livingston as an example of how conservatives deal with our problem people. I presume your example would be Barney Frank?

Centrist

March 14th, 2011
4:34 pm

This is not an appropriate subject for a Georgia political Blog. Suggest Mr. Galloway start blogging for “The Buzz – Entertainment, sports personalities and offbeat news”, or become a DNC spinmeister.

RetiredSoldier

March 14th, 2011
4:36 pm

Excellent Centrist!

OedipusTax

March 14th, 2011
4:37 pm

And just to further outline the hypocrisy of Jim Galloway and liberals in general, realize that protestors were going to the lawmakers house. All things justified in self-righteous arrogance. But if the lawmaker had been gay, and had the protestors been teaparty members, this protest would be gay bashing. Galloway would call the protestors homophobic. Or one other alternative, for Galloway to act like liberals do, the story might not be reported at all The sexual preference of the gay liberal lawmaker might not be mentioned, because, after all, he would be the victim.

jd

March 14th, 2011
4:39 pm

The Atlantic is now reporting same. and New Republic and New York Magazine…

@Centrist – you may be right hypocrisy in politics is not news, even among bible thumpers.

Tony

March 14th, 2011
4:47 pm

Anything to take the focus of the abandonment of our legislators. What we are teaching our children is that when things don’t go our way, or if it gets tough, RUN! Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “He who faces the music can lead the band!” It’s time to face the music!

janet

March 14th, 2011
4:52 pm

He was just so patriotic and so passionate about government that he committed adultery and has found a whole new life he never knew existed with this mistress. I am sure that will be his reasoning like Newt Gingrich.

Liberal Pariah

March 14th, 2011
4:53 pm

Leave us Bible thumpers out of this. The Bible I thump says that the adultery of this Republican lawmaker is every bit as wrong as homosexuality :-)

right to work resident

March 14th, 2011
4:53 pm

easy E @4;29…I am certainly not decieved, crippling the “union movent” is a worthy cause, 22 states are right to work states and they are doing just fine. take away mandatory ,payroll deducted dues payment in closed shop states like Wis. and make dues VOLUNTARY and watch how fast the unions collaspe.

Mid Ga Retiree

March 14th, 2011
4:55 pm

And why is this “news”?????????

Del

March 14th, 2011
4:55 pm

This must be the Galloway Tabloid. Not worthy of anymore time.

RetiredSoldier

March 14th, 2011
4:56 pm

No janet, maybe like Bill Clinton, they both like them young.

Rick

March 14th, 2011
4:57 pm

Galloway, is this all you can come up with today? Pitiful. Why don’t you talk about the 14 cowards that left WI? Why don’t you talk about how fed up us private sector taxpayers are providing for the whining public sector protesters? I love the way the liberal media reports on the mobilization of society’s moocher class on getting out the vote. I see it the other way – the 87% of us taxpayers not in unions are mad as hell!

RetiredSoldier

March 14th, 2011
4:58 pm

Well said Rick.

Brian Dzyak

March 14th, 2011
5:03 pm

The Democrats who left the state are HEROS and Patriots standing up to CONservative Fascism. They deserve awards while the CONservatives deserve to be tried and convicted for High Treason against the Constitution and the People of the United States.

CONservatives have had thirty years to play their games and undermine all that can be good about this country. It’s time to shut them down.

The Goobernator

March 14th, 2011
5:03 pm

Jim Galloway. SPELLCHECK! you really need to get rid of your Dan Quayle version of spell check. I know the news biz has cut staff, but proofreaders are essential. Can’t you get someone to proofread the headline, at least???

greg

March 14th, 2011
5:03 pm

More Republican family values at work! Just do what they say, not what they do themselves.

Einsteindawg

March 14th, 2011
5:04 pm

Another reason to outsource state and local gov’t. You wouldn’t need a recall as this gentleman would be fired. (I bet he was an attorney)

Norman Thomson

March 14th, 2011
5:04 pm

It is news if this man’s residence is no longer Fond du Lac -it means he should not be representing this constituency. Walker and his cronies (e.g. the Fitzgerald brothers) are a group of autocratic fascists in the pockets of the Koch brothers. This group reminds me of Khadaffi’s cliques and I am all for the recall.

Shadoz

March 14th, 2011
5:05 pm

If he lives in Madison, he no longer lives in the district he represents….oh yeah, and screwing around with the young tart is kinda bad too.

GaBlue

March 14th, 2011
5:07 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHA!! Thanks for sharing that one, Mr. Galloway! I needed a good laugh after the afternoon I’ve had.

Red

March 14th, 2011
5:07 pm

I think it’s funny how when no one knows anything about this guy, they’ve come on here accusing him of being some “hypocritical Christian”. Amazing how none of this was in the original post but the so called enlightened left makes such a baseless generalization with no fact.

Back to the actual facts at hand – you know what CAN actually be proved – you have people elected to represent them and vote on legislation running off to another state hiding out in hotels – all on the taxpayer dime. If we want to discuss character here, let’s do it based on facts and what actually matters to the constituents. I mean if what people do in the privacy of their own home or elsewhere doesn’t matter, why bother? If I were liberals, I’d be more concerned about the coward politicians who run away from a fight and let others fight their battles for them. Oh, wait. No different than the guy in the White House.

cmATL

March 14th, 2011
5:08 pm

@Rick I truly feel sorry for people as pathetic and ignorant as you are.

right to work resident

March 14th, 2011
5:08 pm

Brian @5:03..The democrats left the state because they knew they were going to LOSE ,because the balance of power that was determined by the voters of Wis. did not give them the majority they needed,same way its always worked,now what was that about the constitution?

RetiredSoldier

March 14th, 2011
5:11 pm

My my so much for the end of hate speech that Obama called for. Brian- It’s called democracy in action. What would you be saying if the Rep were in the miniority and they left town to close down the govt? Sorry I forgot, they were in the miniority until the last election.

Election have CONsequences. Heard that one before Brian?

Trash

March 14th, 2011
5:12 pm

Google search this guy’s name and “mistress” and on the first 5 pages of Google, this AJC blog is the only “mainstream” hit. All other reference are blog/gossip/progressive sites that create a circular reference thread. Guess we know where the AJC editorial standards are.

David

March 14th, 2011
5:14 pm

Now what will the left do? Some guy cheats on his wife doesn’t that make them more likeable?

Elliot Garcia

March 14th, 2011
5:16 pm

So what you are saying Easy E is that Republicans in Congress should have left DC instead of voting on healthcare legislation that was shoved down everybody’s throat without even having a chance to read it…..rightttttttttttt…..

Norman Thomson

March 14th, 2011
5:19 pm

This is the way the WI republicans spell aMErica – it is all about ME.

RetiredSoldier

March 14th, 2011
5:20 pm

Well said Elliot

right to work resident

March 14th, 2011
5:20 pm

BRIAN!! BRIAN!! WAKE UP!! treasonous CONservatives are attacking your BRILLIANT post, set them straight before they influence someone.

Georgia on my mind

March 14th, 2011
5:21 pm

Seems to me hes not living at his home so who cares what he does. Hes not cheating on his wife as she said he does not live with her so its really nobodys business where he lives or with whom. I know of a lot of people who move on and not get divorced. Quit throwing stones when you live in glass houses. If hes not living with his wife and having an affair behind her back then hes not cheating is he?

dw

March 14th, 2011
5:21 pm

And this is some surprise? So much for Republican “family values” and thier adherence to thier “holier than thou” attitude. Slime is slime in the home and in the political arena.

Country Bumpkin

March 14th, 2011
5:23 pm

Sounds like a bitter woman to me. Why don’t we wait until the truth comes out before we lynch the guy? There is always 2 sides to the story.

Stupid, just plain stupid

March 14th, 2011
5:28 pm

@ cmATL** I agree with Rick. I am tired of working 12-13 hours per day with a 2 hour each way commute just to pay for someone else to lazy to work. Do you know that if Obama care kicks in, I will be paying a extra 180 per month toward that PLUS the cost of what my insurance costs, (yes we will still have to pay that portion out of our pay) plus at the end of 2014, the employers part that they pay will be added to the W-2 so we can pay taxes on that. Oh you people that dont get it.

Unions are killing us and they all need to be de-certified but under no circumstances should any government employee be under union control. That is a tax and pay for the democratic party and raises prices, cost of goods, cost of services and takes away pay right out of mine and every other taxpayers pocket. Why should we pay our healthcare, your healthcare, obama’s healthcare and then the unions healthcare because they are excempt from Obama care. Did you know that. How much is to much? I think when they take 60% of my yearly bonus then they have gone to far already. I want my money back.

Sandra

March 14th, 2011
5:29 pm

I was in Florida last week and happened to be sitting at a table next to this couple from Wisconsin. They overheard my son telling me something about the debacle going on there. She chimed in that they were from Wisconsin and were not supporters of what the Wisconsin Governor was doing even though they were not ‘Union’ people. She said most of the people they knew thought he and the Republicans were really trying to run over the rights of the people. It was an interesting view from someone who lives there. What you are eventually going to see is that big money (i.e. Koch brothers and other secretative donors) will go too far towards killing the middle class and then it’s going to hit the fan. I am not pro-union myself but the pendulum can also swing too far toward the right and it’s going to come back and really bite the Republican party at some point. They make no bones about not really caring anything but about big business and staying in power.

My mama always told me that what goes around comes around and she had generally been proven to be right on target. It will come back around at some point when some of you folks finally figure out that the Republicans today have no interest in the normal folks unless it’s about what you do in the bedroom and if it’s women with your personal decisions.

Deputy Clerk

March 14th, 2011
5:31 pm

Why are we letting Scott Walker make the public and private middle-class argue about this. There is no tax reduction for anyone but the rich companies. Many of big business paid no taxes last year as it was with all the loop-holes. He gave them a huge tax cut and took it from the middle-class. That is how he will bring jobs, no unions, no benefits. What big company would not want to come to Wisconsin and have all this cheap labor. We can call Wisconsin Mexico! By the way Abraham Lincoln jumped out of a window in IL to stop an unfair bill. He is still thought of pretty well! I sure there is a better place for Scott Walker than here. I hear there will be an opening in Lybia soon. He could take his bat and have his moment!

Wil

March 14th, 2011
5:34 pm

I think my main question is why everyone in Georgia is so opinionated about Wisconsin. You already have our state running rampant with these uneducated buffoons called the Tea Party. Must you really call for them to go to other states? Georgia, where we live, is blood red now. Just leave it at that and stop spreading the stupidity to actual civilization.

And the real story is

March 14th, 2011
5:36 pm

He filed for divorse in August of 2010. But that doesnt seem to matter because he is a Republican and hes against unions so lets all jump all over him and call him evil.

Until you know what his ex is like dont throw them stones. Hes gone and he filed last year. If the filed last year, then no I dont supose he should be living there right? Right!

And the real story is

March 14th, 2011
5:37 pm

Deputy clerk, you have no idea what the heck your talking about. Man, get educated before you rant on will ya.

Neuron Flash

March 14th, 2011
5:39 pm

Randy Hopper has done nothing wrong. How do I know? Scott Walker told me so and I always believe whatever Governor Walker says because he is a Governor and I respect authority.

He also told me that he’s in the middle of re-writing the Wisconsin constitution to get rid of those pesky recall rules so everyone should just ignore all those Republican recall petitions (except for the Democrat recall ones – he wants to collect those for the Smithsonian).

Also, David Koch, if you happen to read this, can you call him on the new secret direct line number?

He’s tried calling you a few times and you don’t seem to answer. He wants to know if you have any special requests to put into the new constitution. He’s forgotten what large tract of public land that you mentioned you’d like to buy 5 cents per acre. Was it all of Northwest Wisconsin?