Scott Walker Wants No Picture With “Fighting” Bob La Follette
It looks like the legendary former governor and longtime liberal hero — or at least his bust at the state Capitol — is going to be taking a back seat during Monday’s big inauguration ceremony.
Wisconsin governors are typically sworn into office near the East Gallery, where a prominent bust of La Follette gazes out under the Capitol dome with the governor’s office behind him.
But not this year. Incoming Republican Gov. Scott Walker will be sworn into office near the North Gallery, meaning many in the audience will be sitting with their backs, or sides, to Fighting Bob.
A Walker spokesman confirmed the swearing in would be in the North Gallery, but didn’t immediately have an explanation for the location choice. But who knows? Maybe a bust of Ronald Reagan would have at least had a fighting chance of getting a photo opportunity with the conservative new governor.