Updated May 19, 9:55 a.m. | When you’re a Midwestern governor pondering a presidential campaign as a Washington outsider, there are plenty of people to meet on Capitol Hill.
And that’s just what Gov. Scott Walker plans to do Tuesday. In addition to meeting with a group of top social conservatives, the Wisconsin Republican has a full schedule of closed-door events with senior congressional aides and lawmakers, including a few senators, according to sources familiar with Walker’s plans.
In addition to meeting with 70 to 80 House members, sources familiar with the schedule say Walker’s due to have one-on-one meetings with at least three current senators: freshman Thom Tillis of North Carolina, former National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah CQ Roll Call has learned.
Lee is a frequent ally of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who has already announced a presidential campaign.
Neither Senate office immediately responded to requests for comment about their bosses’ plans to meet with Walker. It seemed possible, if not likely, that Walker would greet other senators, but no additional meetings could be immediately confirmed by CQ Roll Call.
Ways and Means Chairman Paul D. Ryan, a fellow Wisconsinite who knows a thing or two about running for national office, will be introducing Walker to a gathering of House colleagues, though an aide to Ryan said the 2012 vice presidential nominee is remaining on the sidelines of the race.
Walker’s trip to meet with lawmakers comes after a weekend in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, one of many Republicans expected to run for the White House who spoke to a supportive and influential crowd at the Iowa GOP Lincoln Dinner.
He was in New Orleans earlier Monday to deliver a keynote address to the American Federation for Children Policy Summit before traveling to the National Capital Region.
Politico earlier reported Walker was scheduled to meet with around 100 House members Tuesday.
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