The organized in the state since a recall movement began now has an official name: Celebrate Walker.
The event, scheduled for Jan. 21 in Wauwatosa's , also has a speaker schedule, a poster and flyer, its very own political action committee — and a new, young face and voice who organizers say looks and sounds like the conservative movement of the future.
Event organizers announced that 16-year-old Jerrid Madden of Muskego will be the first featured speaker of the day, following an introduction by state Sen. Leah Vukmir.
It's Jerrid's first speaking engagement, and he's not a bit nervous, even though he'll be followed by a dozen of the most prominent Republican leaders in the state. In fact, he's pumped up to be able to launch a rally for Walker, his political hero.
"You may not be old enough to vote, but you're old enough to get out the vote," Jerrid said. "I just try to do whatever I can to acknowledge people and enlighten them about politics and how it affects us every day."
Organizers are billing his speech as the introduction of the "Next Generation Conservative," and that will be his theme.
Jerrid, a sophomore at Mukwonago High School, began wearing a Stand With Walker button to school and before long was volunteering to counter-protest the Recall Walker movement and to pass out pro-Walker signs.
Jerrid is "a little bit different" than most teenagers, even those who have an interest in politics, said Paris Procopis, president of the new political action committee Onward Wisconsin, organized to support next Saturday's rally and others to come.
"He's inspired by some of the events he's gone to ... ultimately leading to, 'Hey, I want to get involved. I want to be able to help somehow.'"
Here's the announced order of events and speakers, subject to change, beginning at 1 p.m., with speakers tentatively scheduled every 15 minutes:
- Welcome – Pledge of Allegiance – National Anthem
- State Sen. Leah Vukmir
- Jerrid Madden, Mukwonago High School Student
- State Sen. Alberta Darling
- State Sen. Van Wangard
- State Rep.David Craig
- State Rep. Jeff Stone
- State Rep. Robin Vos
- Hispanic Chamber Board Member Perfecto Rivera
- Kim Simac
- State Sen. Glenn Grothman
- Dr. Tim Nerenz
- State Treasurer Kurt Schuller
- Former U.S. Congressman Mark Neumann, candidate for U.S. Senate
- State Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, candidate for U.S. Senate
- Former Gov. Tommy Thompson
- Conclusion, now scheduled for 4:25 p.m.
The long-range forecast for the day is for overcast skies with a temperature of 33 degrees, and no snow or rain.
Some warmer temperatures are expected leading up to the event, with a current prediction of 40 degrees for Monday, which may melt some of the snow already on the ground. However, some new snow may fall later in the week as the thermometer dips again.