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Walker lights Christmas tree among protesters


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Even the annual lighting of Wisconsin's Christmas tree couldn't escape politics.

Protesters turned their backs as Gov. Scott Walker lighted the tree on Friday and one Democratic state senator complained that about the timing of the ceremony.

Sen. Bob Jauch of Poplar says Walker purposefully held the lighting in the morning because he was afraid protesters would disrupt the noontime event. A couple dozen protesters at the morning ceremony did not interrupt Walker or cause any disruptions.

About 200 people were at the lighting ceremony, but Jauch says there should be more than 1,000. He says Walker ruined a normally joyous occasion.

Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie says the lighting was done in the morning because the governor had other commitments and could not attend over the noon hour.

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