Walker angers temperance union by serving beer

June 12, 2012 - 12:05 PM
Walker Brat Summit

FILE - In this June 7, 2012, file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, center right, poses for a photo during a visit to Bauman Construction Company at Chippewa Falls, Wis. A week after the Republican fought off a Democratic-led attempt to recall him from office, Walker is trying to mend some fences by inviting state lawmakers from both parties to the governor's residence for a brat summit. A spokesman said Monday, June 11, 2012, that Tuesday's event will not be open to media. (AP Photo/Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Steve Kinderman, File)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's plans to serve beer at a cookout for state lawmakers has upset the leader of the group that successfully lobbied for Prohibition decades ago.

Women's Christian Temperance Union president Rita Wert said Tuesday that serving beer at the so-called brat (braht) summit sets a bad example. She says the problems facing Wisconsin are serious and lawmakers' judgment should not be clouded by alcohol.

The menu calls for beer from four different breweries, including MillerCoors, formerly out of Milwaukee, and Titletown Brewery in Green Bay.

Root beer from Milwaukee-area brewer Sprecher also will be available.

Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie says the governor respectfully disagrees with the temperance union's position.

Wert says her group has about 5,000 members nationwide.