Walker's inaugural ball to be both stylish and frugalWisconsin News
-- Governor-elect Scott Walker will have a more stylish inauguration than some of his newly-elected counterparts around the country. But it still won’t be as grand as some inaugurals have been.
MADISON - Governor-elect Scott Walker will have a more stylish inauguration than some of his newly-elected counterparts around the country. But it still won’t be as grand as some inaugurals have been.
On Sunday, the Republican Walker will try to beef up the Republican coffers with a $500-dollar celebration at a Milwaukee hotel. Monday is when the new governor will be sworn-in. And Walker’s inaugural ball on Monday night will be open to anyone who puts down $50-dollars for a ticket. It will be held at Monona Terrace, about a block from the State Capitol. Black ties are optional.
The Appleton Post-Crescent checked with some other states, and found that their newly-elected governors will have smaller celebrations. Andrew Cuomo of New York will be sworn in during a private ceremony tomorrow. And then on Saturday, he’ll have a ceremonial swearing-in before about 200 guests. Georgia’s new governor, Nathan Deal, will have an invitation-only ball attended by up to five-thousand people. And in Maine, Paul LePage chose not to have a ball. He’ll have a reception where supporters will wear business attire.
UW-La Crosse professor Joe Heim says it’s a “sign of the times” that new governors do not want to appear “ostentatious.” He said the recession might be over, but lots of folks are still out of work. In the last two inaugurals, Jim Doyle donated left-over proceeds to the Boys-and-Girls’ Clubs. Liberals have given Walker some heat for keeping this year’s inaugural left-overs for his campaign and the state GOP.