Scott Walker Fires Aide in Christmas Donations Fiasco, Latino Tweets

Wednesday, 04 Dec 2013 10:37 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fired an aide Tuesday after two inflammatory tweets about Latinos were discovered on the aide's Twitter account, a Milwaukee newspaper reported, the same aide behind a letter encouraging campaign donations to Walker instead of buying Christmas gifts.

Taylor Palmisano, 23, Walker's campaign deputy finance director, lost her job this week when the newspaper contacted the Walker campaign about the tweets, which have been deleted and the Twitter account shut down, according to the Journal Sentinel.

Palmisano also produced a controversial Black Friday fundraising letters that encouraged potential donors to give to the Walker campaign rather than purchasing gifts, reported ABC News.

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"Instead of electronics or toys that will undoubtedly be outdated, broken, or lost by the next Holiday Season, help give your children the gift of a Wisconsin that we can all be proud of," Palmisano wrote in the letter about donating to Walker's campaign.

"Taylor Palmisano has been immediately removed from her position with the Friends of Scott Walker campaign," Walker spokesman Jonathan Wetzel told the Journal Sentinel. "Both the Governor, and the campaign, condemn these insulting remarks which do not reflect our views in any way."

In a statement, Palmisano, a former campaign intern, said she understood why the Walker campaign made its decision about her, reported the Journal Sentinel.

"I deeply regret these offensive and irresponsible remarks," said Palmisano. "I sincerely apologize, and understand the consequences of making such unacceptable statements."

The Journal Sentinel reported that in the Twitter comments made in 2011, Palmisano complained about a cleaner at the library where she worked, writing on March 9, "I will choke that illegal mex cleaning in the library. Stop banging (expletive) chairs around and turn off your Walkman."

In an earlier tweet in January, Palmisano wrote on a bus trip to watch the University of Wisconsin play in the Rose Bowl, "This bus is my worst (expletive) nightmare Nobody speaks English & these ppl dont know how 2 control their kids #only3morehours #illegalaliens."

The Palmisano departure comes as Walker faces a tough reelection battle against Democrat Mary Burke, according to ABC News. An October Marquette University Law School poll shows Walker with a 47-45 lead over Burke, within the margin of error.

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