Wisconsin GOP Senator Most Vulnerable to Recall Found to Be Living Outside District with Mistress
Revelation Calls into Question Sen. Hopper's Claim That He Received a Death Threat

Hopper and Cass

Hopper and Cass

Last week, GOP candidate for president Newt Gingrich came up with the best pretext yet to explain his serial adulteries and multiple marriages:

NEWT GINGRICH: There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and that things happened in my life that were not appropriate.

Wisconsin state Sen. Randy Hopper, R-Fond du Lac — the most vulnerable of the senators facing a recall because of their support for Gov. Scott Walker’s union-busting bill — may need to try that excuse himself now that his constituents have discovered that a) he is having an affair with with a much-younger lobbyist and b) he has left his wife and two children and is living with his girlfriend in the state capital. It appears he has been living outside his district since he filed for divorce last August, if not before.

The way voters in Hopper’s district found out about his new living arrangements is almost as comical as Gingrich’s suggesting that excessive patriotism drove him to have extramarital affairs. First, on Friday, Hopper issued a statement saying he would not be attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Fond du Lac on Saturday, citing a purported death threat:

“I had looked forward to walking the parade route and sharing this celebration with my family, friends, neighbors, and constituents, but I, in no way, want to put the citizens of Fond du Lac in harm’s way.”

But then this happened:

Protesters went to his home in Fond du Lac. They did not find Hopper there. Instead they found his wife, who Hopper filed papers to divorce in August 2010. Hopper’s estranged wife, Alysia, told the protesters to look for him in Madison where he is living with his 25-year-old mistress and former lobbyist Valerie Cass.

Randy Hopper is 45 years old. The Hoppers’ maid signed the recall petition, and there are reports that Alysia Hopper planned to sign the petition, and may have done so already.

Given the strained relations with his family, it’s odd that he would mention them in his statement — and facts that have come to light about his living arrangements certainly make the death threat suspicious.

For one thing, it appears to come right out of the GOP-Fox News propaganda narrative that the pro-middle class protesters in Wisconsin are violent — an assertion not supported by reports in the legitimate media. Plus, the ironclad cover it gave him for skipping the parade appears to be just a little too convenient.

It was also classic Republican overreach — a lie too far — that suggests Hopper seemed to believe he could keep his affair secret indefinitely.

Democrats need to topple just three of the eight senators who are the subjects of recalls in order to regain a majority in the Senate. Hopper is considered the most vulnerable of the eight because, in 2008, he won by an extremely narrow margin of just 163 votes — 41,904 to 41,741.

25 Responses »

  1. Annie Levine March 14, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    Like his wife and children would allow him to walk with them as a happy family in the St. Patrick’s Parade. Is it a prerequisite for Republicans to be adulterers and hate the middle class before they can run for election?

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  4. MBer March 14, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    I am more than sure that Hopper’s God, whichever one it is, will fully forgive him, and will also bless his re-election. Republican politicians always seem to find a way to get “forgiveness” from the Lord.
    I wonder of the Lord will forgive him for his anti-middle class legislative policies as well.

  5. KJinGA March 14, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    “…is living with his girlfriend in the state capitol”

    I think you mean “the state capital”. Gov. Walker doesn’t like people staying too long in the capitol, or so I hear.

  6. close March 14, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

    I wonder if Cass was successful in her efforts to Lobby Hopper and what interests she represented? I doubt she represented labor.

  7. sa warner March 14, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

    LOL I’m prolly not the only one wondering if the death threats over attending the parade in question maybe came from his soon-to-be ex-wife?


  8. johnk2633 March 14, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    This story should be plastered all over the front pages of the republican rags in Wisconsin, so Walkers supporters can cry and gnash their teeth over this idiot.

  9. salpal March 14, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

    Great article! And this jerk is ‘better’ than the Dems who followed their conscience to Illinois?

  10. Vic Anderson March 14, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

    The GOP HOP (Hypocrites On Parade) Resumes!

  11. Michaelquerty March 14, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

    LOL, Lobbyists put Senators in the pockets of Corporations and Lobbyist put themselves in the pants of Senators. What a great manipulation technique, she gets an A+

  12. done March 14, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

    oh yeah, after i see her in a thong and high heels ill let you know what was going through his mind, hey val mwm 40 any more daddy fantsies give me a jingle ;)

  13. Paula S. March 14, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

    I just love how this hatred and stupidity is coming back to bite the Wisconsin congressional thugs in the butt. And now this clown! He only won by about 165 votes. How difficult do you think it’s gonna be to re-call his dumb ass? This is only the beginning. My only concern is that the republicans put such convoluted spins on things. The people, as in WE THE PEOPLE, MUST NOT FORGET by the time the next election rolls around. This is a result of republicans running scared and democratic apathy. That’s why we’re where we are right now. KEEP THE FAITH WISCONSIN!!

  14. done March 14, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

    close, maybe she did represent labor interest:”neil and bob”.or perhaps that good italian gentleman “haywood jablowme”

  15. done March 14, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

    i heard that hopper was asked by a staffer if had read marx, he said, “yes, that val is wild in bed” get it red marks?

  16. Charle March 15, 2011 @ 3:24 am

    My brain will not stop reading that website as Penistoreview. I wanr to read the article, but would like to avoid reviewing penises if at all possible.

  17. Lily March 15, 2011 @ 3:26 am

    They didn’t just get elected, people eligible for recall must be in office for at least a year. That’s why the governor can’t be recalled yet. So the 8 senators that people are attempting to recall have all been in office since the previous election cycle of 2008.

  18. Trell March 15, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    What do you call a happily married Republican Senator who is faithful to his wife, doesn’t do drugs, and doesn’t purchase the services of a prostitute – male or female?


  19. Paulie D March 15, 2011 @ 10:51 am

    How soon people forget. Though I am not agreeing with his poor choice, but did we forget about former Democratic leader Mike Sheridan? He was not living in the district claiming he was in the process of getting a divorce because of his affair with a PayDay loan lobbyest while the bill was on the table.

  20. […] Recall this guy first:  “In related news, Wisconsin state Sen. Randy Hopper, R-Fond du Lac, reportedly left his wife and children for a lobbyist 20 years his junior and moved out of his district to the state capitol. His constituents discovered that he no longer lived in his district when protestors went to his house and discovered that his wife and maid were ready to sign the recall petition.” […]

  21. Steve March 15, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

    More Republican values can be found at http://www.armchairsubversive.blogspot.com

  22. Sanat Klaus March 15, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

    I think they cute couple is staying here with Mom & Dad (RICHARD E CASS), which was Val’s last known address (TAXKEY: 1980434000):

    5301 N. Hollywood, Whitefish Bay, WI, 53217



  23. […] When protesters showed up at his house in Fond du Lac to demonstrate, they were surprised when his wife came to the door and mentioned that they were now estranged. It seems that Hopper has been living in Madison for the past few months with a 25-year old lobbyist […]

  24. alulu4youyou March 16, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

    What–did this guy take a page from Rudy Giuliani?

    Goodbye and good riddance Hopper, of the fake moral majority set/GOP/TP!

    You screwed the lower and middle class workers (as well as your wife and family), and upon your recall, you will find out what it means to be laid off and without a live-able income (as will your republican friends/fellow screwers).

  25. penistoreview March 18, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    I guess you could say she gave him a “blow your career job”

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