Update (6:23 p.m.) — A representative from Gov. Walker's camp has reached out with a couple of clarifications to his Pat's and Geno's stop this afternoon:

  • When he arrived, he went to get in line and the owner of Geno's escorted the governor to the front.

  • The governor left his food and drink on the table while he did a media gaggle and he then took it with him when he left. He was actually eating the sandwich as he walked toward his vehicle.

Which, of course, still leaves the issue of the American without — a move not quite as bad, but nearly on par with John Kerry's 2003 Pat's order that had the then-senator asking for his steak with Swiss. Even today, sandwiches remain a problem area for our nation's politicians. It's a shame.

The original posting continues below:

Wisconsin Gov. and presidential candidate Scott Walker stopped by Pat's and Geno's in South Philly today for a campaign event, and, perhaps not surprisingly, things appear to have not gone all that well.

First off, it appears that when Walker showed up, he cut his way into the line at Geno's, which legitimately and understandably upset some members of the lunch crowd:

Then, when Walker got to the front of the line, he ordered his steak with American cheese and no onions. For many Philadelphians, that's strike No. 2:

Then, over at Pat's following his second steak, Walker reportedly left his trash on a table in the outdoor seating area, apparently expecting the steak shop to send out a member of the wait staff (which does not exist) to clean it up:

So, bad looks all around for Walker. But at least these intrepid Philadelphians were there to give him what-for:

No word yet, of course, about which shop Gov. Walker preferred. But given the history of Pat's and Geno's, you can probably guess which was his favorite: