TOWN OF MORRISON – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his likely democratic challenger Mary Burke served up food and campaign objectives in Brown County, as the governor’s race is set to narrow.
Sunday’s campaign stop at the annual Breakfast on the Farm turned out to be a first for both candidates. Since Burke announced her intention to take on the Republican incumbent, this was the first time both appeared at the same place looking for votes.
With a bipartisan elbow bump with State Representative Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay), Walker slipped on a pair of plastic gloves and saddled up next to another familiar face – Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt.
The three pols and many others took part in Breakfast on the Farm, which serves up an annual window for the public into a working farm – as well as breakfast.
As people filed into the food serving lines, some were served by political regulars – like Walker, Schmitt and Democratic State Sen. Dave Hansen – or hopefuls, looking to scrape up votes.
“It’s a great way to say hi to everybody. It’s a lot of fun. It’s part of the Wisconsin tradition,” said Walker.
Taking part in that tradition a few aisles away – former state commerce secretary and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.
“It’s a tight race and it is important that people get a chance to know me,” said Burke, who is looking to share her recipe for success with the state on this campaign stop, which includes more jobs, improvements to education and worker training, topped off with a cooperative spirit.
“What we have seen over the last three years is divisiveness that has torn our state apart,” said Burke.
“I think if people are concerned about the economy and jobs, they’ll see we performed better during this tenure – during my term as governor – than we did under Jim Doyle and Mary Burke’s term as governor and secretary of commerce,” said Walker.
The politicians see the farm event as an opportunity to make an impact on voters. But some of those getting fed don’t see it making an impact in November.
“Does that sway how you decide to vote?” asked FOX 11’s Bill Miston
“Not really,” replied Bart Meulemans of Kaukauna. “I vote for who I believe in – it doesn’t really sway my vote one way, or the other.”
Others have another view.
“It’s nice to see them – at least they’re supporting what we do for a living,” said Ted Schott of the Town of Green Bay. “We are dairy farmers and it’s nice to see (politicians and political candidates) showing up and giving a hand.”
And you can expect five more months of candidates serving up their politics with voters, hoping to make as many links as possible.
The state Democratic Party is backing Burke for the nomination. However, three other Democrats indicated they plan to run.
But Sunday, Hari Trivedi told FOX 11 Sunday he will not seek a spot on the Democratic ballot.
If at least one more candidate files nomination papers, a partisan primary will be held in August. Monday is the filing deadline.