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Rep Hintz: "I can effectively lead us going forward."

State Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh (Photo source: Wisconsin State Legislature)

OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- A day after Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca announced he was stepping down, Oshkosh State Representative Gordon Hintz says he wants to take over.

"I hope to serve as leader to maximize everyone's potential," Hintz said.

Hintz spoke with FOX 11's Courtney Ryan Friday. He said while Rep. Barca did a good job, it's time for some new leadership.

"He has led us defiantly in a difficult time really, for democrats at the state and national level, but we're really focused on the future and how we can come together and move forward," Hintz said.

Hintz was elected to the Assembly in 2006 and is one of two Assembly democrats on the Republican Controlled Joint Finance Committee.

"We also need to clearly articulate a better agenda for how we think Wisconsin can do better than what it is doing under Governor Walker," he said.

While Barca said he wants to focus more on his district, Republicans believe Barca was asked to step aside because he voted "Yes" to the Foxconn incentives package. However, Hintz insists that is not the case.

"No, I think that's what the Republicans would like it to be. I think there was some concern about how the issue was handled, it plays differently in southeast Wisconsin, uh no," he said.

In a statement, the Republican Party of Wisconsin pointed to Hintz's past saying, "Gordon Hintz has created scandal after scandal, waging a personal war on women that shows that he doesn't have what it takes to lead anyone."

In 2011, Hintz was cited for sexual misconduct as part of a police investigation into prostitution at a massage parlor in Appleton.

Two weeks later, after 61-hours of debate over ACT 10 he shouted "You're dead" to a female Republican State Representative.

"Look, I was in a bad place, engaging in some destructive behavior, but I'm in a better place and I've work hard at it. And I think I'm in a good position now where I can effectively lead us going forward."

Appleton State Rep. Amanda Stuck said she would support Hintz as Minority Leader.

"He's been there for a couple of terms so he knows how it works down there in order to really help lead Democrats to be more effective and productive down in the Assembly," said Stuck, D-Appleton.

Barca will stay in his leadership position until the end of the month.

Right now, Democrats have the fewest representatives in 60 years with 35 of the 99-member Assembly.





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