Breaking bread over Wisconsin's political divide
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One week after Wisconsin's governor fought off a Democratic-led attempt to recall him from office, Scott Walker will try to mend some fences by hosting state lawmakers from both parties for a cookout.
Walker's tenure as governor has been marked by bitter partisanship, with all 14 Senate Democrats fleeing the state for three weeks last year in a futile attempt to stop Republicans from passing the governor's bill eliminating most public workers' collective bargaining rights.
Whether a brat, burger or beer will sooth that partisanship remains to be seen. But, Walker thinks it could help.
So far, 98 lawmakers, including 37 Democrats, 60 Republicans and one independent plan to attend the barbecue at the governor's mansion, as well as 236 staff. Walker says he'll be manning the grill.