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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

FAKE NEWS FRIDAY: State Rep. actually not creepy most of the time

City officials confirmed Thursday that for the last two weeks, State Rep. Brett Hulsey, D-Madison, has not acted inappropriately around strangers’ children.

In July, Hulsey allegedly pushed a nine-year-old boy, with whom he was unrelated, off his flotation device at Spring Harbor Beach. Following the incident, other Madison news organizations reported that various area summer employees reported  “feeling continously uncomfortable with Hulsey’s presence” at their respective areas of work.  Other beach-goers then said he allegedly took “creepy” photos of random children.

But after an interdepartmental City of Madison investigation, city officials concluded that Hulsey abides by social rules, most of the time in a majority of city locations.

They found that Hulsey only takes photos of, throws, or considers inappropriately manhandling strangers’ children between the months of June and August, meaning that for 75 percent of months in a year, Hulsey acts accordingly within social boundaries.

The investigation also found that Hulsey spreads discomfort around him solely at public recreational spaces, like beaches, parks and the Henry Vilas Zoo, in addition to state legislative offices. According to the City of Madison Department of Planning Director Steven Cover, those spaces make up just 5.2 percent of the City of Madison.

He then affirmed “Hulsey  has not been blatantly creepy for the last 15 days.”

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Hulsey could not be reached for comment because his cell phone was off while he was watching the 1994 version of “The Little Rascals.”

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