Walker angers temperance union by serving beer

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's plans to serve beer at a cookout for state lawmakers has upset the leader of the group that successfully lobbied for Prohibition decades ago.

Women's Christian Temperance Union president Rita Wert said Tuesday that serving beer at the so-called brat (braht) summit sets a bad example. She says the problems facing Wisconsin are serious and lawmakers' judgment should not be clouded by alcohol.

The menu calls for beer from four different breweries, including MillerCoors, formerly out of Milwaukee, and Titletown Brewery in Green Bay.

Root beer from Milwaukee-area brewer Sprecher also will be available.

Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie says the governor respectfully disagrees with the temperance union's position.

Wert says her group has about 5,000 members nationwide.

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