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PolitiFact Wisconsin: How did Gov. Scott Walker get his bald spot?

Posted: 6:42 PM, Jul 05, 2017
Updated: 2017-07-07 07:47:18-04

There are lots of hairy issues that divide Democrats and Republicans but PolitiFact Wisconsin gets to the root of an unusual claim on how Gov. Scott Walker got his bald spot.
 
The follicly challenged U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan decided to go head to head with Walker over hair, or the lack of it.
 
"The most original thing he said recently is that he got his bald spot from hitting his head on a cabinet, and it’s not a joke,” Pocan said. “He actually said his bald spot came because he hit his head on a cabinet."
 
PolitiFact Wisconsin says Pocan brought up the issue while criticizing Walker's plan to require needy but able-bodied adults to work and be drug tested to get Medicaid.
 
It’s an issue the harried Madison Democrat was concerned about. But did Walker ever really make that claim about his bald spot?
 
"We went back and kind of rewound the tape so to speak," said Greg Borowski with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "and the governor did make that claim but it wasn't as recently as Mark Pocan was suggesting."
 
Dermatologists tell PoltiFact Wisconsin that Walker's bump-on-the-head claim is not off base.
 
"We talked to some experts who said there is some plausibility to that, that sort of injury could cause a bald spot to emerge," Borowski said.
 
PolitiFact Wisconsin rated Pocan's claim: Mostly True.