More details about Gov. Scott Walker's upcoming Beer and Brat Summit have been released.
The event, scheduled to be held Tuesday evening, is designed to help lawmakers come together following a divisive recall effort. Walker survived the recall, defeating Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
The governor's office released details of the event in a news release late Monday afternoon. According to the release, 98 legislators plan to attend (37 Democrats, 60 Republicans, and one Independent). There are currently 131 legislators serving in Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin State Legislature's website.
More than 230 staff members also plan to attend, according to the governor's office. The event will take place at the governor's mansion in Madison.
"I'm looking forward to a great cookout," said Walker in a statement. "I am hopeful this get-together will forge relationships that will make it easier to work together to create jobs."
The event will be closed to the media. In a statement, Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said this is "an effort to provide a relaxed environment for lawmakers to socialize with each other and with the Governor."
The governor's office says the cookout will feature food donated by the following Wisconsin employers.
-Sprecher Root Beer with specialized labels
-Brats from Trig's, Johnsonville, Brat Stop, Usinger's
-Large cheese tray from Cheesers
-Italian sausage, cheddarwurst, and buns from Sardino Brothers Sausage
-Bison burgers, bison bratwurst – onion leek, and bison bratwurst – jalapeno cheddar from Northstar Bison
-Beer from Sconnie Beer, Title Town Brewing Company, MillerCoors
-Potosi Beer from Rep. Tranel
-Burgers from Roundy's Supermarkets
-Brownies, cookies, veggie burgers, cheese from Sendik's Food Markets
-Buns from Pan-O-Gold
-Plates, napkins, utensils, cups, condiments, potato & pasta salad, baked beans, pickles and candy from Lipari Foods
-Lettuce, tomato, onion, green salad with dressing, fruit from Russ Davis Wholesale
-Soft drinks and water from Coca Cola Refreshments, Pepsi of Madison, and Dr. Pepper/Snapple
-Iced tea and juice from Kwik Trip
-Chips from Frito Lay
-Ice and a chiller truck/trailer from Arctic Glacier Ice
-Propane canisters from Tru-Gas
Despite Walker's push for cooperation, the Associated Press reports at least one lawmaker from each party will not join the gathering.
State Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) says he wants to find more meaningful results than sharing brats and beer, while State Rep. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) says he won't attend because of comments made by Democrats over the weekend that were critical of Gov. Walker.