One-on-One with Wisconsin's first lady Tonette Walker
WAUWATOSA - In a rare interview, Tonette Walker opens up about her life as Wisconsin's first lady.
"It was just living with stress for a whole year and after it was over, it was 'Oh, that was stressful!' Now you can tell the difference. We're not under the stress now that we were then."
Tonette Walker explained what life was like for her family during the recall race involving her husband, Gov. Scott Walker.
"There were pockets of times that were really tough. When it first started it was very difficult because I didn't understand it just like some other people in Wisconsin didn't understand it. That was very difficult."
She explained her first year as first lady wasn't what she expected.
She was kept out of the public for her own safety, but smiled when she describes the moments when she found her own voice during the recall, like the frigid January day in Hart Park
"If you know me, I'm not someone who is going to get up there and start shouting about something. When I look back at the tape, I find myself shouting, which no one ever looks good on camera shouting. Don't shout. I think I must have just felt the moment."
She says she wouldn't be surprised if one of her sons follows their father's footsteps.
"I would have said a year ago, 'Absolutely not,' but Matthew went to Badger Boys State and really had a wonderful experience there. He's studying political science at school. I think the recall had a lot to do with it. He started paying attention, it wasn't just dad's job," said the first lady.
But she wouldn't say if her husband has plans to run for a higher office, like the Presidency.
"I think it's flattering to hear that that your husband is considered in this small group of people who want to be President some day. You know we don't, I know people don't believe this, but we don't talk about it. I don't think it's something you do talk about."