Reporting from Washington — Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy, a rising star in the GOP freshman class, has kept his distance from the turmoil in his home state that has catapulted union bargaining rights to the national stage. But that doesn't appear to have put him off from appearing with Gov. Scott Walker at a GOP fundraising dinner set for Saturday in Washburn, Wis.
Duffy's spokesman, Daniel Son, confirmed Thursday that the congressman would attend the Lincoln Day Dinner at the invitation of the Ashland County Republican Party, and Ashland's Daily Press reports that Walker is also slated to attend the event.
"That's quite a coup to have the governor and congressman come up to northern Wisconsin and talk to people," Frank Kostka, chairman of the Bayfield County GOP, told the Daily Press. "We'd be even more excited if we didn't have this controversy to deal with."
Duffy has praised Walker's pared-down budget proposal. But, like other members of Wisconsin's GOP House delegation, he's stayed mum on the issue of collective bargaining, telling the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last month: "I'm not going to get into the specifics [of the budget measure] ... I don't have a vote in Madison. I focus on Washington."