March 30, 2015 10:30 am -

[su_right_ad]Scott Walker is maybe realizing he’s not too good on his feet.

Last month, Scott Walker seemed readily available to any reporter who had a question for him. He was basking in the limelight, holding media scrums and granting impromptu interviews.

But in the wake of a few controversial, headline-grabbing quotes about evolution and President Obama’s religion, the Wisconsin governor and likely Republican presidential candidate has put brakes on his media availability, reporters who follow him say.

On Friday, Walker toured the Texas-Mexican border with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. The tour was closed to the press, and Walker did not take part in a media avail afterward. Similarly, Walker visited Greenville, S.C., last weekend but refused to take questions from the media. Of the six likely Republican candidates to visit the state in the last two months, Walker was the only one to pass on the press.

Scott Bauer, a Madison-based reporter who covers Walker for the Associated Press, reported earlier this month that the Republican governor “has become much harder to reach as he ramps up for a likely 2016 presidential campaign.” In the past, Walker had “repeatedly shown a fearlessness, and even affinity, for patiently taking questions from reporters following the most mundane events or in the face of embarrassing slip-ups,” Bauer wrote. Now, most of his comments came through formal statements.

Walker isn’t totally spurning the media, of course: In recent weeks, he’s granted interviews to New Hampshire’s Union Leader and The Tampa Bay Times, as well as radio host Hugh Hewitt. But he is starting to put limits on his availability to reporters, often declining to hold Q-and-A’s with them and restricting their ability to tag along on his travels.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

11 responses to Walker Avoiding Reporters

  1. Pilotshark March 30th, 2015 at 11:14 am

    seemingly like cruz is out there to taken the heat off walker, maybe the kockroach bros. are hiding their know dummy pick until they can get a solid base under him.

  2. Mike March 30th, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Walker needs adult supervision at all times, maybe his Kochdaddies will hire a full time nanny to keep him from self destructing. He is without a doubt the dumbest candidate to come down the pike since the Klondike Kardashian, Sarah Palin.

  3. allison1050 March 30th, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    I don’t know why he’d avoid American reporters since they would dream of asking a relevant “tough” question like: How’s does being an Eagle Scout prepare you to defend this country of over 300 million?

  4. FatRat March 30th, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    • bpollen March 30th, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      That is, I think, my second favorite quote of his. Here’s my first:
      “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

      • FatRat March 30th, 2015 at 4:42 pm

        That’s a good one.

  5. Warman1138 March 30th, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Walker is waiting for his certification in ” Backwater Stump jumping Gibberspeak ” so he’ll be safe to talk to reporters and impress his supporters.

  6. Guy Lauten March 30th, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Sounds like Scooter’s usefulness to the RNC will be running out soon. Someone will have to step up to keep the limelight off Jebbie; I’m betting The Cruz will be the designated noisemaker for the next few weeks.

  7. rg9rts March 31st, 2015 at 1:58 am

    You cant say “You won’t have Scott to kick around” till after you quit…just like Milhouse

  8. oldfart March 31st, 2015 at 11:25 am

    his financial backers have finally pulled the choke chain on him.
    ” Fox…STAY !!!

  9. Dwendt44 March 31st, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    When suffering from ‘foot in mouth’ disease, it’s wise to shy away from the press.