jsonline: State Rep. Steve Nass said he would not show up … because he didn't like recent comments from two prominent Democrats. “Despite the voters of Wisconsin clearly signaling support for balancing the state budget without tax increases … Democratic leaders continue their offensive comments and threats of legislative chaos. We encourage our children to stand up to bullies. That’s exactly what must happen in the Legislature."
Wow, talk about a lot of projection.
Nass said he was not attending the event because Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate said at his party's convention over the weekend that "Scott Walker will see the inside of a jail cell before he sees the inside of another term." Nass also criticized weekend comments by Democratic Sen. Fred Risser.
There are a few Democrats worth admiring though:
Meanwhile, state Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) said in a tweet he won't be attending either. "I'm passing on 'Brat Summit' photo op. We need cooperation & compromise from Gov., not brats & beer," tweeted Pocan, who is running for Congress … he said he wasn’t attending because Walker in the past had talked about bipartisanship publicly, but then ignored Democrats and refused to meet with them.
Rep. Kelda Helen Roys (D-Madison), who is running against Procan for the congressional seat, said she also will not attend the event. “I’m not going because I think that there’s no trust right now,” Roys said in an interview. “There’s no sincerity in his approach. ... You know, let’s actually do something bipartisan first, then once we actually have a little sense that this is sincere...then let’s go to the mansion and celebrate that.”
Bob Dreps, an attorney who handles open meetings cases, said the private event likely would not raise any legal concerns … the Supreme Court also ruled last year that lawmakers were essentially exempt from the open meetings law, he said.