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Wis. official calls Capitol protest 'holocaust'

Madison, WI (AP) -- A Wisconsin agriculture official has described the Capitol protests as a "holocaust," saying new legislators got caught in a "horror story."

Ben Brancel is the secretary of the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. He spoke in Madison on Wednesday to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.

He told attendees that the new lawmakers came to town with a lot of ideas, "and then they got stuck in the middle of a holocaust." He was referring to demonstrators who have swarmed the Capitol to protest an anti-union bill.

After his speech Brancel told WKOW-TV his use of the word 'holocaust' was "a bad word." He says he should have said "total confusion in the Capitol."

Brancel was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker. He began his term in January.

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