Walker Avoiding Reporters
[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.