MADISON-Thin-skinned Scott Walker took avoiding the public to new depths Monday when he broke with longstanding Wisconsin tradition held by every governor in recent times and missed the Milwaukee Brewers Opening Day.

"Scott Walker has found time to meet in closed-door high-dollar events with campaign contributors and he even found twenty free minutes to talk with whom he thought was a Kansas oil tycoon. But now, in breaking with a Wisconsin tradition, he can't find a way to Miller Park for Opening Day," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Tuesday. "Was he afraid of the people of Wisconsin? Was he afraid of being booed?"