Eau Claire (WQOW) – Preparations are already underway for Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Eau Claire next Wednesday. The visit is a fundraiser for Governor Scott Walker’s reelection bid.
Pence will first stop in Green Bay on Oct. 10, and then Eau Claire that night.
In 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump rallied in Eau Claire, and security was high. Law enforcement closed streets and monitored social media for threats. Eau Claire police said they expect similar security measures to be taken for Pence.
“We plan on meeting with the Secret Service as well as other area law enforcement agencies, leaders within those departments, to work together and formulate a plan for the safety of the vice president as well as the community,” said Lt. Derek Thomas of the Eau Claire Police Department.
Thomas said the department does not know any more details at this time.
We also spoke with Chairman of the Third Congressional District GOP Chairman Brian Westrate. We asked if he thinks Governor Walker needs Pence’s help to win the November election.
Westrate said no. He believes Walker is simply maximizing an opportunity, by emphasizing his success in Wisconsin, and to show the state’s success hasn’t gone unnoticed across the country.
We reached out to Pence’s press office for more information on the visit, but have yet to hear back.