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Democratic Party Criticizes Walker’s Absenteeism

Governor's Public Appearances In State Have Dropped Significantly As He Runs For President

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is running for president, hasn’t spent a lot of time in the Badger state lately, something that concerns Democrats.

The governor’s office says Walker will speak at a small business summit Wednesday in Eau Claire, and will take questions from the news media, if time allows. It’s the kind of event the Republican often did in Wisconsin, before he launched his presidential bid. State Democratic Party chair Martha Laning said Wisconsin taxpayers should see Walker more often.

“We elected Gov. Walker to be our governor, and it’s sad when we think it’s actual news that he’s in the state,” said Laning. “We need a governor here working at the job he was elected to do.”

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Walker was also in Wisconsin Tuesday, but at a Milwaukee fundraiser.

The governor said he often stays in touch by phone with other Wisconsin officials when he’s on the road campaigning. Walker returns to the campaign trail Thursday in Illinois.

Correction: This story originally gave the name of the state Democratic Party chairwoman as Martha Lanham. The chairwoman’s name is Martha Laning.

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