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The Latest: Democrats: We didn't exclude women candidates

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MADISON (AP) -- The Latest on Gov. Scott Walker accusing Democrats of excluding female gubernatorial candidates from a February forum (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

Wisconsin Democrats are accusing Gov. Scott Walker of lying about their party excluding female gubernatorial candidates from a February forum.

More than a dozen candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination. The Construction Business Group held a forum in February that featured candidates Tony Evers, Matt Flynn, Andy Gronik, Mahlon Mitchell and Dana Wachs. Left out were Kathleen Vinehout and Kelda Helen Roys.

Walker tweeted Monday that Democrats should be ashamed of excluding female candidates form the forum.

CBG Executive Director Robb Kahl told The Capital Times newspaper that the group invited only the top five Democratic fundraisers. State Democratic Party spokeswoman Melanie Conklin says in an email Monday that the party didn't sponsor the forum and that Walker. She says he isn't telling the truth and just wants media attention.

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11:02 a.m.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker is criticizing Democrats for allowing a group to exclude female Democratic gubernatorial candidates from a recent forum.

More than a dozen candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination. The Construction Business Group held a forum in February that featured candidates Tony Evers, Matt Flynn, Andy Gronik, Mahlon Mitchell and Dana Wachs. Left out were Kathleen Vinehout and Kelda Helen Roys.

Walker issued a series of tweets Monday saying it's shameful Democrats allowed female candidates to be excluded. He questioned how Democrats can say they stand for women.


CBG Executive Director Robb Kahl didn't immediately return a message Monday. He told The Capital Times newspaper, however, that the group invited the top five fundraisers. A spokeswoman for the state Democratic Party didn't immediately reply to an email.

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