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Waukesha Mayor, Mary Burke not welcoming President Obama to Wisconsin

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally at the Henry Maier Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally at the Henry Maier Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin

WAUKESHA, WI (WTAQ) - When a president comes to town, the local mayor is normally waving and smiling on stage -- but not Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima.

He plans to stay away Thursday when President Obama speaks at a General Electric plant.

Scrima says both Washington and Madison are more polarized than ever -- and he blames the Democrat Obama and Republican Governor Scott Walker for not coming to the center and compromising.

Scrima also says a mayor should be non-partisan -- and he doesn't want to connect himself with either side. Scrima tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he has not participated in any events over the past four years when Walker and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan came to Waukesha.

He said he did appear at a school choice rally, not knowing Walker would be there.

Scrima has three challengers in a primary next month, but he denies it has anything to do with his decision not to greet the president.

Mary Burke, the lone Democratic candidate for governor, has also bowed out of the Obama visit. Her spokesman says she'll be campaigning in western Wisconsin.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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