There has been much discussion on boycotts of Walker supporters all over but we have not gotten into it much here. This story about the Johnsonville Brat Fest in Madison, is the one that made me think. The World\'s Largest Brat Fest is a Madison staple on Memorial Day weekend. It is a charity event put on by Johnsonville brats and local Grocery store Metcalfes.
For those who have not attended, it is a big weekend party with cheap brats, “celebrity servers”, good music and the Madison Marathon. The problem this year is that Johnsonville employees gave alot of money to Scott Walker(and Joe Leibham) and the Metcalfe\'s also donated to Scott Walker. (to be fair, Metcalfe only gave $500 to Walker in the primary and has a history of bipartisan giving). Still the combination of the two have people reconsidering attending this year.
Let’s be real about this also, this is an issue because the people who made up the crowds at the capitol protesting are the people who make up the crowd at the Brat Fest. Your probably not going to find the typical Walker supporters like Scott Jensen and William Gardner loading up on the Kraut.
One thing that gets missed in the boycott talk, is that people still have to spend money. For example, when I pass on Kwik Trip(another Walker supporter) I still need gas, so someone else gets my business. That being said, there are now alternatives to people who choose to pass on Brat fest this year. There is a Virtual Alternative Brat Fest (which benefits Second Harvest Food bank).
There are some people also trying to organize a one-day Alt Brat Fest on May 29 in Orton Park, 1103 Spaight St.
Parks event staff are recommending approval of the event, which also has the support of Ald. Marcia Rummel, District 6.
In addition to the Weary Traveler, Alchemy Cafe, 1980 Atwood Ave., and the Underground Food Collective, 127 E. Mifflin St., also are helping to organize the event, Dainty said.
Money raised will benefit Community Shares of Wisconsin, which supports 63 nonprofit organizations. A donation would also be made to Friends of Orton Park if the Alt Brat Fest takes place there, Dainty said.
My take is everyone makes decisions every day on where they spend their money. The decisions that they make benefits one business at the expense of another. It is perfectly logical for people to support businesses that support them in return. When the middle class of Wisconsin supports companies like Johnsonville Brats, they are supporting people and companies that do not support them in return(irregardless of this tax write off).
I personally would like to see the Walker campaign give the Johnsonville donations to the Brat Fest charities and thus avoiding the whole problem. If this does not happen, I would not tell people to stay away from Brat Fest, BUT my family and I will be attending the Alt-brat fest.
One Disclaimer: I will not defend Johnsonville nor Kwik Trip, but I do think the Metcalfe Boycott(or even discussion of it) is unfair to the Metcalfe’s. I do not think they belong in the discussion of major Walker supporters.