Over the years, Pat Walker has assumed roles as a pastor’s wife, doting mother and grandmother, family chronicler and baker of chocolate chip cookies.
Her cookies have been gobbled up at schools, the Milwaukee County executive’s office and Republican Party offices across the state. She even manages to send an annual batch to Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, and formerly the Milwaukee archbishop, just before Lent.
What she always left to others was politics.
But this year is different. Her son, Gov. Scott Walker, is in the fight of his political life against Democrat Tony Evers.
So, she entered the fray. A little more than two weeks after the death of her husband, Llewellyn, she appeared in a political commercial alongside her son.
She said she was “really proud of the way Scott helps people around the state like me who have suffered from cancer.”
Democrats have criticized Walker for being against the Affordable Care Act, and for backing a suit that if successful would end guarantees for covering pre-existing conditions. Walker has promised to provide such guarantees, though they wouldn’t go as far as the ones provided under the Affordable Care Act.
Asked if she has gotten reaction about the ad, she smiled.
“Two people have called me a rock star,” she said.