Scott Walker Self-Quarantine

Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, shown, is in voluntary self-quarantine and will address the Teton County GOP Patriots Dinner remotely, likely through Skype or another form of videoconferencing.

Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is in voluntary self-quarantine, complicating his Friday speech to the Teton County GOP.

"I commend the governor for being responsible and cautious given what’s going on everywhere," Teton County GOP Chairman Alex Muromcew said. "It is what it is and we’ve just got to roll with the punches."

Muromcew said the governor attended the Conservative Political Action Conference, where an attendee who came into contact with several high-profile politicians was confirmed to have COVID-19.

Walker now joins Texas Senator Ted Cruz and several others in self-quarantine.

Muromcew said Walker still plans to speak at the Teton County GOP Patriots Dinner, just differently, likely via video conference.

"His message is important," Muromcew said, "he’ll just be able to deliver it through a different medium."

The format of the fundraising dinner will also be a little different. Muromcew said he may cut back the time allotted to the former governor's talk and Q&A, recognizing the logistical hurdles of holding an audience's attention digitally.

To make up for that time, he hopes to give candidates running for office who will be attending the dinner a chance to get up, speak, and introduce themselves to Teton County's Republicans.

Cynthia Lummis, who is running for U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi's soon-to-be-vacant seat, will be in attendance.

Muromcew said he thinks Robert G. Short and Mark Armstrong, who are both running for the same seat, will be there as well.

He also hopes to get a few local candidates he's been "pushing to formally declare" to join the mix Friday.

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Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

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