PolitiFact Wisconsin: How accessible is Gov. Walker to the public?

Posted at 8:09 PM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-15 21:09:50-05

It's hard for a week to go by and not see Gov. Scott Walker on the TV at some event. 

But how accessible is the governor, who is seeking a third term, when it comes to the public? PolitiFact Wisconsin checks it out.  

Scot Ross is not among the growing list of Democrats running against Walker.

But the executive director of the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now is questioning the governor accessibility to the public.

"Ross says since 2015 Walker has not done a public event that doesn't require a donation or being on an approved listed," said Tom Kertscher with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

PolitiFact Wisconsin says Walker's schedule included two different type of events - and some are open to the public. 

"What we found is that there are many public events held by public groups, ribbon cutting at a businesses, a Memorial Day ceremony, that sort of thing," said Kertscher, "and the governor attends many of those." 

PolitiFact Wisconsin points out the governor doesn't generally make his schedule public ahead of time but there are more restrictions on events sponsored by Walker.

"For example, listening sessions that he held around the state, those were invitation only" said Kertscher, 'and even his rallies announcing his campaign for re-election requested that people RSVP."

So how would you rate this claim? The choices range from Pants on Fire, meaning false and ridiculous to True. 

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated this claim Half True.