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Scott Walker’s Pizza Problems

His attempts to win attention for eating pizza bring viral merriment to a weary nation.

By - Dec 28th, 2020 12:27 pm
Scott Walker. File photo by Kate Golden of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

Scott Walker. File photo by Kate Golden of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

Eating a pizza shouldn’t be this complicated.

But for former Wisconsin governor and tireless self-promoter Scott Walker it is oh-so-comical.

Back in the summer of 2019 his photo of a “veggie pizza on the lake!” that wasn’t really a pizza at all went viral, in a round of ridicule that Huff Post reported. If you have a few spare moments I recommend scrolling through the story and the tweeted parodies of Walker’s purported pizza. My favorite is the “fish tacos by my sink,” though “hot dogs on the lake” is equally funny.

This year Walker was back with yet more pizza puffery, this time tweeting, on December 26:  “Great pizza tonight at San Giorgio Pizzeria Napoletana. We have to support our local restaurants and small businesses!”

A truly lovely sentiment, except… We’ll let the New York Daily News story take it from there:

“It was supposed to be expressing support to small businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic, but Twitter users quickly outed the photo after noting its sausage configuration looked familiar.

“Panning out, the photo was a cropped image of a pizza pic taken with a bunch of friends a year earlier.

“A local news site amplified the message and lauded the gumshoes who had solved the Case of the Poser Pizza.

“’Gee, a blurry photo of a pizza that Scott Walker absolutely ordered, ate, and enjoyed on December 26, 2020 sure did get a lot of action on Twitter, didn’t it?” the Milwaukee Record reported. “That’s because it’s a cropped photo from a Walker family San Giorgio outing…in 2019. Yes, Scott Walker cropped a year-old photo of a pizza, claimed he had scarfed said pizza inside San Giorgio in the year 2020, and then called on us all to support local restaurant.’”

Ah, but the former governor, who once claimed his male pattern baldness was just a temporary bald spot caused by bumping his head while fixing his kitchen sink, had an equally nifty explanation of his phony-looking photo:

“My family & I went to @SanGiorgioMKE last night,” Walker tweeted in reply. “Great food. I used an old photo since we didn’t take one last night.”

But many weren’t convinced as noted:

“’People lie about the dumbest things,’ wrote former Obama administration official Brandon Friedman, while others called the tweet “embarrassing” and “the saddest thing ever seen on Twitter.”

The good news for Scott is that despite his latest fib, his nose still isn’t giving him away.

3 thoughts on “Back in the News: Scott Walker’s Pizza Problems”

  1. JMcD says:

    Walker is irrelevant. So is Clarke. Let’s move on.

  2. kmurphy724 says:

    Oh, but it still feels so sweet to do so. And we do still have to live with the lasting results of the poor governing, so fair game I say.

  3. RRPs says:

    Oh my give the guy credit for lifting up a local business .

    The last two years my real estate tax’s went up versus the previous two tax’s went down several times that was a first in my life time . School boards and local government and their citizens now control there budgets and education budgets have stayed the same along with urban education which is a moral tragedy .

    We all have plenty to work on please consider the pandemic of goodness going on around us , the papers news media this week end did a nice job of noting the goodness every were . Community and lives are built on “what is” our foundation are bed rock and tested again . We have a new President that is civil —- it took the nation to do that let’s celebrate . Challenges and debate are good let’s get back to building our communities and what ever we can do to influence K-12 now 24-27 th in the world rankings and the most expensive .

    This publication is appreciated , on ward and up ward .

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