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Several lawmakers not attending Brat Summit; event closed to media

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Sprecher Root Beer with specialized label for Governor Walker's brat summit.
Brats on the grill
Sprecher Root Beer with specialized label for Governor Walker's brat summit.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - If anything newsworthy happens at Tuesday’s Walker Brat Summit, you’ll probably hear about it second-hand.

The governor’s office says the event will be closed to the media – and only lawmakers, spouses, and staff members will be there.

Republican Governor Scott Walker invited all 132 legislators to a beer and brat picnic so the two parties could try to heal their wounds in the wake of last Tuesday’s recall elections.

Last Wednesday, Walker said he knew there would still be bruised feelings, and he expected some lawmakers to stay away. And Monday morning, Madison Assembly Democrat Mark Pocan said he’s boycotting the event.

Pocan – who’s running for Congress – tweeted that we need “cooperation and compromise” from Walker, “not brats and beer.”

Also, Assembly Republican Steve Nass of Whitewater said he won’t be there, partially because of what State Democratic Chairman Mike Tate said at his party’s convention over the weekend – that Walker would, “see the inside of a jail cell before he sees the inside of another term.” That was a reference to the John Doe probe into Walker’s ex-Milwaukee County sides.

Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said, “No one has been targeted more by extreme comments than Governor Walker – but he believes it is important to move forward together.” And that’s why he’s holding the brat summit. 

Green Bay-area Republican Representatives Andre Jacque and Chad Weininger tell WTAQ they also will not be attending the brat summit, due to prior commitments in their home districts.

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