State Sen. Randy Hopper has hired a high profile national campaign manager to help him defend his seat against a recall effort and an allegation that Hopper no longer lives in the district he represents.The Fond du Lac Republican and seven other GOP state senators are the subjects of recall efforts following the tumult in Madison over Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill and their votes to eliminate collective bargaining for state workers on issues other than pay.
This week, Hopper’s wife said the senator had moved out of the couple’s Fond du Lac home. In a statement, Alysia Hopper said her estranged husband moved out of their Rienzi Road home in May 2010 and lives “mostly in Madison.”
Court records indicate that Randy Hopper filed a petition for divorce in August.
On Monday, a complaint was filed with the Attorney General’s Office claiming Hopper has not been living in the district. In an interview Tuesday with The Northwestern newspaper of Oshkosh, Hopper said he has not been living in Madison.
Hopper said he has rented an apartment in Fond du Lac since he separated from his wife. He declined to release the address, citing the threats of physical harm he has received.
Hopper, a businessman, was first elected to the Senate in 2008, defeating Democratic challenger Jessica King by a margin of 163 votes, with 83,645 votes cast in the election. The 18th Senate District includes Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Omro and Waupun.
Jeff Harvey, Hopper’s recently hired campaign manager, said he arrived in the state during the weekend. Harvey is a veteran of Republican campaigns and most recently worked on the election of Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., and was previously coalitions director for the campaign of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
And then, there’s this:
MADISON (WKOW) — Sen. Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac) says he played no role in the recent hire of a state employee.
Sources say the employee is the same woman Hopper’s estranged wife, Alysia Hopper referred to as Hopper’s mistress in a public statement and in a letter to a radio station.
Department of Regulation and Licensing spokesperson David Carlson said the woman was hired in February as a limited term communications specialist.
Carlson said he had no details on whether the woman was hired to a newly-created position or a vacant, existing slot.
Hopper’s claim of living in a Fond du Lac area apartment was supported by the property’s owner. The owner is also an employee of Hopper’s group of radio stations.
Hopper is one of sixteen state senators subject to recall in the fall out over Governor Walker’s budget repair bill.
In a telephone interview with WKOW27 News, Hopper initially refused to respond to whether he had written a letter of reference or recommendation, or intervened during the woman’s hiring process.
“I want to keep my involvement of anything as a private matter. So, I’m going to maintain that.”
But Hopper later called a WKOW27 News reporter and said he had no involvement in the woman’s hiring.
A spokesperson for the Madison-based political consulting firm Persuasion Partners Inc. told WKOW27 News the woman, 26, worked as a coordinator of voter direct mail for six months, leaving the firm in January
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