MADISON, Wis. – Friday was getaway day for two long-serving Wisconsin Republicans, with nearly 90 years of legislative experience between them.

One faced the heat of a primary challenge, the other one reeling after the release of a politically injurious hidden video.

First, a spokesman for state Sen. Mike Ellis, R-Neenah,  confirmed the Senate president will not seek re-election this fall, putting a hasty end to a 44-year legislative career.