Beer at Walker's brat summit raises ire of temperance group

Governor proposed meeting to bridge gap between lawmakers

Published On: Jun 12 2012 12:11:02 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

Gov. Scott Walker's plans to serve beer and brats to a bipartisan group of 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 summit sets a bad example. She said the problems facing Wisconsin are serious and the judgments of policy makers 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.

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

Wert said the WCTU has about 5,000 members nationwide.