MADISON, Wis. -- Gov. Lee Dreyfus said Thursday his wife used a garden hose at the governor's mansion to spray the so-called 'Pickens People,' who have been hounding the governor to pardon a convicted rapist.
Two women and a man have been following the Dreyfuses for more than two years trying to convince him to pardon Jack Pickens, who is serving a 10-year rape sentence at the Waupun State Prison.
The trio has shown up outside the executive residence and at the Dreyfuses' Door County cottage while the governor and his wife were on vacation. The Pickens People disrupted the gubernatorial debates two years ago, as well as press conferences in the Capitol.
Security around the Dreyfuses has been increased because of the harassment. Mrs. Dreyfus, exasperated by the antics of the three, threw a fish at one of them at a Detroit restaurant when they appeared at the Republican National Convention last summer. They were carrying a sign claiming Dreyfus was keeping an 'innocent Christian' in prison.
The hosing occurred recently at the mansion, said Naomi Bodway, a Dreyfus staffer. 'They were yelling and she (Joyce Dreyfus) turned the hose on,' said Ms. Bodway.
'I warned Joyce about that,' Dreyfus said, confirming the incident. 'I told her they might not be playing with a full deck.'
Karen Meyer Roney, one of the Pickens People, said she, her husband, Timothy, and Rosalynn Hamilton were outside the gates of the mansion on a Sunday morning about two weeks ago asking for an appointment with Mrs. Dreyfus.
'She (Mrs. Dreyfus) came out in a raincoat and rain hat and turned the hose on us,' Ms. Roney said. 'Rosalynn was soaked. All three of us were wet.'
Ms. Roney was arrested earlier this year after an incident in Dreyfus' office.
The group, which also harassed former Govs. Patrick Lucey and Martin Schreiber on behalf of Pickens, claims he is innocent of raping a former Playboy bunney in Walworth County.
The Supreme Court turned down an appeal from him earlier this year.