Barca to step down as Wisconsin Assembly Democratic leader

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Wisconsin Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca says he is resigning his leadership post.

Barca announced Thursday he will step down as Assembly minority leader effective Sept. 30.

 In a statement, the Kenosha lawmaker says he made the ``very difficult decision'' to step down as leader of Assembly Democrats ``following deliberate, thoughtful discussions.'' He said he will now be able to put more focus on his southeastern Wisconsin district.

Barca recently came under fire from a fellow Democrat after he joined Republicans in voting for a $3 billion tax incentive package for Foxconn Technology Group.

In a statement, Republican Party of Wisconsin executive director Mark Morgan said Barca ``took a reasonable vote in favor of good-paying Wisconsin jobs, and his extreme Democrat caucus ousted him for it.''

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