|WAUKESHA, Wis. - Nov. 10, 2009 - Responding to Scott Walker's refusal to participate in a series of statewide joint appearances as part of the 2010 gubernatorial race, Mark Neumann today announced the creation of an online petition drive website, http://WITownhallChallenge.com, which allows people to show their support for holding town hall meetings starting next month.This week, Neumann called on Walker to participate in a series of appearances between now and primary election day. As part of that challenge, Neumann asked Walker to agree to at least one joint appearance in each of Wisconsin's eight Congressional districts by March 31, 2010.
The Walker campaign quickly waved away the proposal. Speaking to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Walker's campaign manager claimed statewide joint appearances are unnecessary, because Neumann and Walker either already appeared or are scheduled to appear at two events in Milwaukee and Waukesha. The two recently did a joint appearance on Mike Gousha's WISN television show which aired this past weekend.
"Unlike Scott Walker, I don't believe the Governor's race centers on the Milwaukee area while ignoring the rest of Wisconsin," Neumann added. "Two semi-private events and a TV show are not an acceptable substitute for direct in-person contact with people from Superior to Kenosha."
In traveling across the state speaking with folks in communities hit hard by job losses, Neumann said the general mood in Wisconsin right now is one of disappointment, frustration and anger directed at career politicians. He noted many people feel the future is uncertain and that those in government refuse to listen to them.
"These are real people who are looking for positive direction, not faceless pawns in a political chess game," Neumann said. "Plenty of people are struggling throughout the state and want the chance to be heard, yet my opponent apparently doesn't want to listen. I hope he will reconsider and realize the value of us coming together to connect directly with folks beyond Milwaukee and Waukesha counties."
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