At least two Assembly Democrats are calling on their Democratic colleague, Rep. Josh Zepnick of Milwaukee, to resign after a report that two women alleged Zepnick kissed them without their consent.
“If we are going to be leaders in our community then we must lead within our workplace,” Rep. Jimmy Anderson, of Fitchburg, said in a statement. “In light of the two incidences reported on today, I believe Rep. Josh Zepnick should resign.”
“Given the pattern and scope of his behavior, the right thing for Rep. Zepnick to do is to resign,” said state Rep. Dana Wachs, of Eau Claire, in a statement. Wachs is running for governor in 2018.
The Capital Times reported Friday that two women alleged Zepnick, who has served since 2003, kissed them without their consent at political events in 2011 and 2015.
In both cases the women said Zepnick appeared to be drunk at the time. In 2015, Zepnick pleaded guilty to a first offense of drunken driving.
One of the women worked for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin at the time of the incident; the other was a legislative staffer. Neither woman was named in the report.
Zepnick responded by giving The Capital Times a statement that neither affirmed nor denied the allegations.
After the release of Anderson’s statement late Friday, Zepnick and Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, could not immediately be reached for comment by the Wisconsin State Journal.