Residents protesting Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s anti-union bill packed a Wauwatosa town hall meeting hosted by Republican U.S. Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner this evening, which he adjourned early after repeated interruptions from attendees. The protesters took particular ire with the presence and presentation of Republican State Senator Leah Vukmir, who was arguing with protesters over her support of Walker’s bill.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Attendees packed a meeting room in the Wauwatosa Public Library while an adjacent hallway was filled with the meeting’s overflow. Budget bill opponents hoping to recall Vukmir gathered signatures in the lobby of the Wauwatosa Civic Center while outside about 75 protesters denounced the bill and called for Walker’s recall.

“I am very disappointed in Congressman Sensenbrenner tonight for shutting down the meeting strictly because people were here in opposition and he got uncomfortable with them,” said Milwaukee Public Schools teacher Andrew Reiser.

Here is footage of the town hall in which you can hear Sensenbrenner sternly order protesters to be quiet while Vukmir parrots the same talking points we have heard Governor Walker exhaust over the last couple days. Attendees become especially incensed as Vukmir uses a news story from Oshkosh (also referenced by Governor Walker yesterday) claiming their district may be able to come out even, they think, under Walker’s budget proposal. “What about Tosa?!” shouts one angry protester at the 1:30 minute mark. The meeting is adjourned shortly thereafter to loud boos and calls of “Shame! Shame! Shame!”

Fun facts: Wauwatosa is Governor Walker’s adopted hometown and he won Vukmir’s district by 54%.  And yes, petitions are being gathered for Vukmir’s recall. Thoughts? Speculation?

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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin Town Hall Meeting 3/7/11, posted with vodpod
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