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Hintz of comedy at the Building Commission meeting

Gordon Hintz

To state officials and industry insiders, state Building Commission meetings can be interesting affairs; but for outsiders, I’m sure they can get a tad stale.

Luckily we can always rely on Gordon Hintz to provide comic relief.

A Democratic representative from Oshkosh, Hintz seems like he’s always searching for that opportunity to add a joke here and there in meetings.

And Wednesday was no different.

David Miller, associate vice president of capital planning and budget for the UW System, was in the middle of laying out the particulars and answering questions on a proposed residence hall renovation at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus. The discussion shifted to opportunities for solar water heating devices, and then Hintz took over.

“As it relates to solar water heating — this is one of the better uses because if you are going to have a solar water heater, you’re going to want constant water flowage,” he said. “When I was in school, the kids didn’t want to shower that much, but I guess the kids these days want to be clean.”

Now, with comedy, delivery is everything, so while the direct quote might not cause your belly to ache, it was a nice jolt of laughter into a fairly standard meeting.

Of course, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you might recall Hintz cracking jokes during commission meetings is not uncommon.

Here’s a snippet of a blog written by my colleague James Briggs (whose new city of Milwaukee blog, Grain Exchange, can be found here) about a building project near Camp Randall Stadium:

If Wisconsin Democrats really wanted to find a way to push through a high-speed rail line between Madison and Milwaukee – or any other lofty initiative – they should have found a way to associate it with the University of Wisconsin-Madison athletics department.

Lawmakers this week proved they are unwilling to touch anything that might negatively affect the Badgers – and their intense fan base.

A $76.8 million facility renovation of Camp Randall Stadium and the McClain Center, called the Badger Performance Center, came before the state Building Commission on Wednesday. And, although lawmakers had some concerns about the project – especially the process by which it will be constructed – one sentiment kept the discussion moving along.

“I think it’s important, especially with Michigan and Ohio State in tatters, that we move forward and seize the day here,” state Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, said.

Hintz was kinda, sorta – but not really – joking.

Hey, I’ll take a good joke any time, even if it’s at the expense of my recently struggling (though all-time winningest program) Michigan Wolverines.

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