Walker advised to limit Thompson inaugural role
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Newly released emails show that Gov. Scott Walker was advised to keep former Gov. Tommy Thompson at arm's length during Walker's 2010 inaugural ceremonies.
Walker emailed his advisers saying Thompson wanted to be involved, and asking them what a good role might be for Walker's Republican predecessor. Two advisers expressed concerns that Thompson might force Walker to share the spotlight or create public-relations issues with his candor.
The emails were released to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in response to an open-records request.
Walker had suggested the role of honorary chair of the inaugural ceremonies. Adviser R.J. Johnson cautioned that a chairmanship could invite comparisons and insinuations of control.
Walker's administration and his campaign told the Journal Sentinel they couldn't point to an official role Thompson had in the inauguration.
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