Newsmakers: First Lady Tonette Walker
In her first Newsmakers interview on April 20, First Lady Tonette Walker said she worried about the safety of her husband, Gov. Scott Walker, during a month of protests that attracted hundreds of thousands to the Capitol. She also said she felt sorry for their Wauwatosa neighbors when protesters started showing up at the couple’s suburban Milwaukee home in February. Mrs. Walker divides her time between the Executive Residence in Maple Bluff, where the interview took place, and their Wauwatosa home, since the couple have two teenage sons in high school. She said the family has had more in-depth discussions of politics and state issues since the Governor took office in January, but she has to ask her husband about work issues. As First Lady, Mrs. Walker said she wants to be an advocate for the non-profit, faith-based group Teen Challenge, a residential center for young adults fighting addictions. She also talked about managing diabetes, for which she has an insulin pump.