Two days after appealing to evangelical voters in Iowa, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is in Boston on Monday, addressing a fiscally-focused conservative group.
Walker was scheduled to speak at an afternoon fundraiser for the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, a nonprofit organization that bills itself as an advocate for "fiscal responsibility through right of center economic, fiscal and good government solutions."
While the group describes itself as nonpartisan, Democrats say it's a "Tea Party organized" front group for Republicans that engages in "overtly partisan electioneering."
Massachusetts Democrats and labor leaders held a press conference just before Walker's speech protesting the organization and the Republican governor's policies.
Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman and state Sen. Tom McGee, Massachusetts AFL-CIO president Steve Tolman and a handful of state lawmakers spoke against the "shadowy Republican Super PAC masquerading as a taxpayer subsidized non-profit" and against Walker's "record of attacking working families."
"Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s time in Wisconsin is marred by an anti-working family agenda that's resulting in the worst job creation in the region while Wisconsin’s middle class has been shrinking at one of the fastest rates in the country," said Massachusetts Democratic Party executive director Matt Fenlon. "Massachusetts voters won't be fooled by the talking points of a Republican presidential wannabe who came here to address a fundraiser for a shadowy Republican group."
Tickets for the event, held at Boston's Union Club, were available with a suggested donation of $1,000. "Young professional" tickets for those age 35 and younger were available for $500.
According to the Boston Globe, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina addressed the group in January, and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is on the agenda for May.
Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance executive director Paul D. Craney told the Globe the Democrats' attacks were nothing more than "political rhetoric."
“A super PAC spends money for one purpose: to elect and defeat candidates for office,” he told the Globe. “We’re an advocacy organization.”
Walker courted Iowa caucus voters on Friday and Saturday, and returned to his Wauwatosa home for church on Sunday. The Globe described Walker's talk on Monday as part of a "swing through New England."
Walker has traveled outside of Wisconsin at least 56 days this year, the Wisconsin State Journal reported on Sunday.
The governor's political group Our American Revival has said it will reimburse the state for "all hotels, flights, rental cars, and any other travel expenses for the troopers when they are on political trips."