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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 suggested Monday that top Republicans would not meet with his aides because of sexism, but refused to address the issue directly. 

The Democratic governor initially would not address whether he agreed with his lead spokeswoman that GOP leaders wouldn't negotiate with his chief of staff because she is a woman. But he later issued a statement implying Assembly Speaker Robin Vos of Rochester and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau weren't meeting with his aides because of sexism. 

"Only Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald can say why they won’t work with the women who are leading my office," Evers said in his statement. "I have asked Republicans to work with my staff the way they worked with the former governor’s staff.