Walker says wouldn't have sent fundraising letter
- Article by: SCOTT BAUER
- Associated Press
- December 5, 2013 - 10:30 AM
MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday he wouldn't have put out a fundraising letter sent by a fired campaign staffer that asked supporters to donate to him rather than buy Christmas gifts for their children.
Taylor Palmisano was fired Tuesday as Walker's deputy finance campaign director. Walker made the move after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel brought to his attention Twitter posts that Palmisano made in 2011 demeaning Hispanics.
Palmisano also sent a fundraising email the day after Thanksgiving saying "instead of (buying) electronics or toys that will undoubtedly be outdated, broken, or lost by the next Holiday Season," supporters should give to Walker's campaign.
Walker faces re-election next year and is considering running for president in 2016.
"It's certainly not something I would have put out," Walker said Thursday at a news conference in response to questions about the letter. "I think the tone certainly would have been different. The reason for that person not being there is much bigger than that particular email."
Palmisano sent a tweet in March 2011 that said, "I will choke that illegal mex cleaning in the library. Stop banging (expletive) chairs around and turn off your Walkman." Two months earlier she had complained on Twitter that among fellow passengers on a bus "Nobody speaks English & these ppl don't know how 2 control their kids #only3morehours #illegalaliens."
Walker said he didn't know about the tweets until the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported about them on Tuesday. His campaign spokesman said then that the governor condemned the comments and called them insulting.
"I think like most employers we don't spend time going back trying to find out years and years ago what people may or may not have said on social media," Walker said. "Obviously when it was brought to our attention it was something that concerns our campaign and concerns me and we took action. ... She's no longer with the campaign so I think that speaks for itself."
Palmisano, 23, issued a statement Tuesday apologizing for the messages, saying she regrets "these offensive and irresponsible remarks."
Palmisano's firing comes after Walker in August fired Steven Krieser, a high-ranking official at the state Department of Transportation for Facebook posts calling immigrants in the U.S. without legal permission criminals and likening them to Satan.
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