Briefly, Walker's campaign sent out a fundraiser email saying that instead of buying silly old gifts for your children, you should donate that money to Walker's campaign. It was like a modern day, political version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." The author of the letter was Taylor Palmisano, the deputy finance director for Walker's campaign.
Obviously, the email went beyond the pale. To tell people suffering under Walker's regime should now deny their own children Christmas toys so that they could support his tyranny was just too much.
Not only that, but Palmisano was a big old hypocrite. As one astute reader pointed out, she still had her bridal registry at Macy's, and not one of the things on the list was a donation to Walker's campaign!
Anyway, the story grew legs and went viral in just a couple of days. This undoubtedly caused great embarrassment to Walker and needed to be addressed.
So he fired her.
But the way they did it and the reason they gave might have actually made things worse for themselves.
Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Palmisano had made some very racist, anti-Hispanic tweets:
|Image courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel|
To which I say, "Poppycock!"
There are two main reasons why the campaign's statement is false.
One, as my colleague Jeff Simpson pointed out earlier today, these tweets are three years old. Since the time she made those vulgar tweets, Walker's campaign not only hired her, but promoted her!
The other reason is that in 2010, one of Walker's campaign staff members, Michael Brickman, made a racist, anti-African American tweet. This was retweeted by his spokeswoman, Jill Bader. Not only were these two not fired, but Walker went on to make excuses for them. On top of that, Walker made Brickman a member of his office staff.
So no, racism among his staff is not an issue for Walker.
The reason Walker fired Palmisano is that she caused him to be embarrassed on a national and international level. Not only would that hurt his reelection hopes, but it will also put a damper on his presidential aspirations.
Now there are three things that we can take away from this incident.
Walker is a liar.
But we already knew this. Walker has lied about his job creation record. He has lied about his supposed tax cuts. He lied about the John Doe investigations, commonly referred to as Walkergate. One would be hard pressed to find anything he was completely honest about.
Walker has a staffing problem.
Walker has an exceptionally high level of problems with who he hires as staff, either in government or in his campaigns.
On the campaign side, he has issues with Palmisano, Bader, and Brickman, as I've pointed out above. But he also had problems with other staff members like Ciara Matthews and Nicole Tieman.
His government staff has been even more problematic for him. We are talking about people like the people convicted in the Walkergate investigations, including Darlene Wink, Kelly Rindfleisch, Kevin Kavanaugh, Brian Pierick and Tim Russell. There are also prizes like the uneducated, two-time drunk driver Brian Deshane. And lest we forget, there is Dennis Smith, who was hired to destroy Badger Care. Instead, he wrecked a marriage.
I could go on and on, but I believe the gentle reader has the idea.
Walker is the Grinch
There is one thing that Bice and all of the other media sites that echoed his article missed, besides the fact that Palmisano wasn't really fired for tweets she made three years ago.
Walker has yet to address the issue of the email itself. Did he approve the email before it was sent out? Did he think it was a good idea to tell people to give him the money they would have otherwise used to buy their children Christmas presents?
I'd've thought that if he had an issue with the email, he would have said that Palmisano sent it out without his permission and that he felt that it sent the wrong message or something like that. But he didn't deny it at all.
Scott Walker truly is the Grinch. And if he cannot bring himself to deny the email, where would his avarice bring us if he were to be reelected, much less make it to the presidency.