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More indications are that Madison Rep. Hulsey will become independent

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State Representative Brett Hulsey of Madison is giving more indications that he’ll leave the Democratic Party, and run as an independent next year.

He refused to say if he’ll do it, noting that he has until next summer’s filing deadline to decide.

The 54-year-old Hulsey says he has beefs with both parties. He criticized fellow Democrats for not bringing up any amendments before majority Republicans passed the state budget Wednesday.

Hulsey brought up an amendment for a large boost in public school funding, and the reversing the Act 10 mandate to have public employees pay more for their health insurance and pensions.

Afterward, he called himself “the only progressive who offered an amendment to fix the budget mess.”

There’s been speculation that Hulsey would have a primary challenger in 2014 – and he says he could escape that by running as an independent.

Earlier this year, one of his aides complained after he brought a box cutter to his office, and urged her to train for self-defense.

Last year, Hulsey was fined $114 for pushing a boy off an inner tube at a Madison beach, and taking photos of the child. After his father complained, Hulsey claimed he was taking pictures of a sunset – and not the youngster.

He’s in his second term in the Assembly, after holding leadership posts in a number of environmental groups.