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Gov. Tony Evers speaks as he and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (left) held a news conference regarding Medicaid expansion.(Photo: Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers refused to say Monday whether he agreed with his lead spokeswoman that Republican leaders wouldn't negotiate with his chief of staff because she is a woman.  

Over the weekend, Evers spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff said GOP leaders weren't talking with the Democratic governor's chief of staff, Maggie Gau, and others because they were "clearly uncomfortable or simply unwilling to work with a leadership team made up entirely of women."  

But Evers declined to say Monday whether he agreed with that assessment. He also deflected a question about abortion legislation, saying he was holding his news conference to talk only about his support for automatic voter registration. 

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