Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took his message directly to the folks while shaming a Democratic county executive for political grandstanding over the Republican health care bill that passed the House last week.
The governor was at the site of the future Fox Cities Exhibition Center in Appleton to promote state tourism when he was ambushed by Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson as he was about to speak on camera to reporters, WBAY reported.
Spouting party talking points, Nelson stepped forward to ask Walker about people losing their insurance if the GOP bill becomes law.
“If you want to play politics, you should run for office,” Walker told the local Democrat. “If you want to run for governor, run for governor. If you want to run for Congress, you had your chance.”
Nelson had a failed congressional bid last year.
Walker pointed out that the bill is “not in front of us right now,” before sharing what he will do next.
“The plan is I’m going to wait for what the Senate and the president do, and we’ll see from there,” he said.
Nelson pressed with his claim that 300,000 Wisconsinites will lose their coverage and that’s when Walker had had enough, opting to address viewers directly.
“So just to be clear folks, just to be clear,” he said, “the county executive wants to take away from tourism right now and play a political stunt about a topic that has nothing to do with what we’re talking about today.”
Now that’s taking the bull by the horn!
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