In January, Wisconsin Sen. Glenn Grothman introduced legislation that would eliminate the state requirement that workers get at least one day off per week.
On Thursday, the ultra-conservative Grothman announced that he plans to run for Congress. He will be challenging 18-term Republican Rep. Tom Petri. In a statement, Grothman cited frustration with a “federal government that seems to be out of control.”
“Right now in Wisconsin, you’re not supposed to work seven days in a row, which is a little ridiculous because all sorts of people want to work seven days a week,” Grothman said.
Arguing that people are rarely productive on their days off, has stated that he would be “shocked if you can find anybody doing service” when they aren’t at work.
Grothman’s anti-weekend campaign is no new movement. Three years ago, he argued that employees should have to work on Martin Luther King Day.
“Let’s be honest, giving government employees off has nothing to do with honoring Martin Luther King Day and it’s just about giving state employees another day off,” he said.
Also not safe from Grothman’s full workweek campaign is Kwanzaa. At a town hall in 2013, he stated that “almost no black people today care about” the holiday. He went on to say that Kwanzaa exists only because of “white left-wingers who try to shove this down black people’s throats in an effort to divide Americans.”
Notable amongst Grothman’s questionable past moves has been an attempt to cut back a program that provided free birth control. Additionally, he floated a bill that would have labeled single parenthood “a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.”
The equally questionable rationale to the latter bill was his contention that women actually choose to become single mothers, and only call their pregnancies “unplanned” because that’s what people want to hear.
“I think people are trained to say that ‘this is a surprise to me,’ because there’s still enough of a stigma that they’re supposed to say this,” he said in 2012.