Wis. Governor Uses Brats, Beer to Bridge Divide

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Beer, brat summit features plenty of Wis. products

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Plenty of Wisconsin food and beverages will be on the menu when Gov. Scott Walker hosts his so-called "brat summit" Tuesday.

   The Republican governor has invited members from both political parties to join him at a cookout a week after he fought off a Democratic-led attempt to recall him from office. Walker is hoping the event will help him mend some fences.

   The cookout's menu includes brats (brahts) from four Wisconsin companies: Trig's, Johnsonville, The Brat Stop and Usinger's.

   Beer is coming from MillerCoors, along with the smaller Sconnie Beer, Potosi Beer and Titletown Brewing Co.

   And, there'll be a big cheese tray from Cheesers.

   So far, 98 lawmakers -- 37 Democrats, 60 Republicans and one independent -- and 236 staff plan to attend. Walker will be grilling the brats.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Nothing brings people together in Wisconsin like the promise of beer and brats.

At least that's what Gov. Scott Walker hopes.

Exactly one week after the Republican fought off a Democratic-led attempt to recall him from office, Walker is trying to mend some fences by inviting state lawmakers from both parties over for a cookout Tuesday.

The idea isn't new. Democratic President Barack Obama invited a black scholar and the white police sergeant who arrested him to share a beer with him and talk about race relations at the White House in 2009.

In Walker's case, one lawmaker from each party said Monday they will not come to the picnic table.

But Democratic leaders say they'll be there and hope some good comes from the so-called "brat summit."

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