Gov. Walker's 'Brat Summit' underway at governor's mansion
the Associated Press and the WTMJ News Team
MADISON - Nothing brings people together in Wisconsin like the promise of beer and brats. At least that's what Gov. Scott Walker hopes.
After stops at Milwaukee's Pfister Hotel and in Fond du Lac on Tuesday, Walker is trying to mend some fences by inviting state lawmakers from both parties over for a cookout Tuesday.
Walker's summit comes exactly one week after the Republican fought off a Democratic-led attempt to recall him from office.
The event is invitation-only for members of the legislature - from both political parties - and their staff.
"It doesn't mean we have to compromise our principles. It doesn't mean we don't have strong beliefs, but it should be a way we can get along, and the issues where where there is common ground, we should be able to work with each other," said Walker.
However, some politicians are passing.
Democratic leaders such as Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca and Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller say they'll be there and hope some good comes from the so-called "brat summit."
Madison Representative Brett Hulsey was to attend, but with conditions.
"I want to talk to the Governor about more than brats and beer. I want to talk to him about conversation and real compromise," said Hulsey.
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.
Walker's stops in Milwaukee (at 11:15 a.m.) and Fond du Lac (8:45 a.m.) were part of what he dubbed the "Wisconsin Forward Tour."