One week after surviving his recall attempt, Gov. Scott Walker is hosting the state’s first Beer and Brat Summit today.
According to the governor’s office, 98 (60 Republicans, 37 Democrats and one independent) of the state’s 132 legislators and 236 staff are planning to attend.
Walker’s office helpfully provided a list of “fantastic, authentic Wisconsin products” donated by “Wisconsin employers,” including brats, hamburgers, bison burgers and bratwurst, Italian sausage and cheddarwurst, and veggie burgers. Both Coca~Cola and Pepsi are providers (to avoid yet another partisan divide), as is, happily. beer from Potosi Brewing Co.
It will be interesting whether the 37 Democrats will partake of the Johnsonville brats, MillerCoors beer and iced tea and juice from Kwik Trip. Employees of those companies contributed to Walker’s campaign, which resulted in a boycott of those companies, which resulted in a “buycott” of those companies.
So the Legislature and staffers have been invited. Who hasn’t? Spokesman Cullen Werwie says:
In an effort to provide a relaxed environment for lawmakers to socialize with each other and with the Governor, the event will not be open to the media.
Rather than take offense, I am heading later today to the Brass and Brats Music Festival at Belmont High School tonight.