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    Walker extends Wisconsin-style olive branch at Beer and Brat Summit

    Walker extends Wisconsin-style olive branch at Beer and Brat Summit

    Today Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will hold a “Beer and Brat Summit,” fulfilling his recall-election-night promise to proactively repair the state, reeling after months of partisanship and rancor.

    “We’ve got some fantastic, authentic Wisconsin products that we will be sharing with legislators of both political parties and their staff. I am hopeful this get-together will forge relationships that will make it easier to work together to help create jobs,” said Walker in a statement.

    On the night of his victory, Walker had said:

     Tomorrow we are no longer opponents…Bringing our state together will take some time, but I want to start right away….with some brats and some burgers, to start, and maybe some good Wisconsin beer.

    So today, he has invited all Wisconsin legislators and staff to join him for a cookout from 3 to 5pm, exactly one week after he overcame a recall challenge. While most are attending–according to one account, 98 legislators out of 132 had said yes–some cannot attend, and others are boycotting the summit:

    Democratic state Senator Jon Erpenbach is taking a pass on the summit, saying it’s no disrespect to Governor Walker, but a beer and brat summit doesn’t really tackle the state’s issues.  “Working together at the Capitol will send a louder message (than a brat and beer summit),” argued Erpenbach to Newsradio 620 WTMJ’s Wisconsin’s Afternoon News.

    Walker has been criticized for several tactics during his administration — including his inability to extend an olive branch to Democrats.

    Erpenbach was considered the de facto leader of the “Wisconsin 14”, who decamped for Illinois when the Budget Repair Bill was in the legislature — to avoid a vote on the legislation.

    The menu includes local Wisconsin products such as Sprecher root beer, a variety of brats, cheeses, and, of course, beer.

    UPDATE: Big Labor protested the Beer and Brat summit, video from MacIver Institute:


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    Henry Hawkins | June 12, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Walker is responsible for making the gesture. He is not responsible for how it is received. It is also a good political move. If the Dems accept graciously, it neither helps nor hurts them. But if they get snotty about it… it hurts them. Walker did the right thing with the gesture and can’t lose politically no matter how it goes.

    Will the beer & brats bear the union label is what I want to know.

    TeaPartyPatriot4ever | June 12, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Gov Walker is a gracious and professional Governor, politician, and patriot, but those defeated liberals have no honor, respect, integrity, or professionalism, let alone any intention to be generous in return to Gov Walker’s gracious peace offering olive branch of brats and beer gesture.

    Those people on the liberal left have only contempt, arrogance, and insidiousness in their hearts, as that’s what they are to the core, radical anti-American leftist marxists, and want only to see the nation and people under their insidious corrupt control by whatever means.

    Now yes, not all on the left side of the political spectrum are like that, but a majority are, as to them, vitriolic animosity and absolute venomous deep seated hatred is all they know, and all they are, and all they ever will be. That’s the truth of it. And we should never be so naive and delusional to believe and think other wise, for to do so, would dangerous, consequential, and detrimental to our way of life of Freedom, Liberty, Democracy, with govt “Of the People, By the People, For the People.

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