MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A process server has accused a legislative aide of pushing him down and calling him names when he tried to serve a Republican state senator with a lawsuit.
The Center for Media and Democracy filed a lawsuit against Sen. Leah Vukmir in June seeking documents the center believes Vukmir obtained during an American Legislative Exchange Council conference in May, The Wisconsin State Journal reported in Thursday's editions (http://bit.ly/1aERChn ).
According to affidavits attached to the lawsuit, Bruce Lowery tried to serve Vukmir on Sept. 3 in her Capitol office. Lowery said Vukmir aide Jason Rostan chased him, pushed him down outside the Capitol and called him vulgar names as he tried to force the papers back in Lowery's pockets.
Lowery's business partner and wife, Chris Lowery, returned to Vukmir's office the next day and tried to serve Rostan, who held his hands behind his back and refused to accept the papers. She finally touched them to his hands to make the service legal and left them on a desk.
"I'm a Republican, and I was disgusted with their behavior," Chris Lowery told the State Journal.
Rostan told the newspaper the state Justice Department told Vukmir's staff not to accept service in the case. The newspaper couldn't reach agency officials on Wednesday and they didn't immediately return messages from The Associated Press on Thursday morning.
Rostan, 38, acknowledged to the State Journal that he followed Lowery and tried to force him to take the court papers back. He said Lowery tripped and fell while refusing to take the papers.
"Looking back on it all, I should have just let it go," he told the newspaper.