Lawmaker involved in bizarre incidents considers higher office

CREATED Aug 21, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug 21, 2013

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MADISON - A state lawmaker who has been involved in several bizarre incidents says he's considering a run for Governor.  Madison Democratic Representative Brett Hulsey says he might run as an independent.

He's not wild about his own party.  "The Wisconsin Democratic Party is really good at forming a circular firing squad and shooting at each other," Hulsey said.

Hulsey has been involved in a couple of strange high profile incidents in recent years.

Hulsey was cited after an incident at a beach in which he was accused of flipping a boy he didn't know off an inner tube and then took pictures of the boy and other children.  He pleaded no contest to the citation, but denied flipping the boy off the inner tube.

In another incident, an aide complained that she was terrified after he brought a box cutter to work and tried to teach her how to defend herself.

Hulsey says his father abused him as a child and he is now getting professional help.  "I started two areas of counseling.  There was a lot of abuse that I'd taken from my father.  My father used to whip us.  He once kicked me across the living room like I was a football," Hulsey said.

"I view counseling and this sort of thing as getting a tune up on the car."

Hulsey is getting his name out around Wisconsin.  "Obviously I have the red convertible.  I have been traveling around the state.  Wherever I go, people say, 'Brett, thanks for standing up and fighting.'"