Gov. Scott Walker says he wouldn't have put out a fundraising letter sent by a fired campaignThere are two basic issues that Walker is trying to spin. One is that he had nothing to do with the emails and the second is that his firing Palmisano is due to the racist tweets she made three years ago but only learned about on Tuesday, when the email story hit the international level.
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 Twitter posts she made demeaning Hispanics were made public.
Palmisano also sent a fundraising email the day after Thanksgiving saying "instead of electronics or toys that will undoubtedly be outdated, broken, or lost by the next Holiday Season," supporters should give to Walker's campaign.
Walker said Thursday that was "certainly not something I would have put out." Walker says he wasn't aware of Palmisano's tweets until after they were reported but then he "took action."
Both of these premises are, as the gentle reader probably has already surmised, are utterly false.
Walker is prone to micromanaging things, especially his campaign. We've learned that during the sentencing phase for the Walkergate trial of Kelly Rindfleisch, when it was demonstrated that he was included in all of the emails and things needed to be cleared by him before his team could proceed with anything.
When Walker says that the email was "certainly not something I would have put out.," you can just hear the rest of the sentence, "if I knew it would cause me international embarrassment."
And if Walker did not authorize that email, just who did? Surely they wouldn't let a newly promoted deputy campaign finance director send out an important fundraising email without it being run through a number of levels. So again, who approved it and did that person receive any consequences?
As for the racist tweets, only the most gullible would believe that tweets from three years ago would suddenly surface just as the email story was hitting maximum exposure around the nation if not the world. One would also have to be very gullible to believe that Walker knew nothing about them until then and that is when he "took action."
I would remind these fools that Walker, while he was Milwaukee County Executive, had kept the resignation letter of then Parks Director Sue Black in a drawer for years:
Sue Black, the recently fired Milwaukee County parks director, was nearly canned by her former boss, now-Gov. Scott Walker.I would not be at all surprised if he knew about the racist tweets long before and kept them handy for such an emergency. It was also suspiciously convenient that Palmisano had a statement so ready to support Walker for firing her.
In fact, the situation got so bad that Walker - then the county executive - had a resignation letter drafted for Black and kept in his office, according to several sources. A source who worked with Black said she wrote the signed resignation letter on parks department letterhead and then ordered the agency to change its stationery.
The letter would have allowed the county exec to dismiss the popular parks director quickly while giving the impression that Black initiated the move.
But it never came to that.
One former Walker aide said Black was very upset about the standing resignation letter.
Walker insisted on it, the source said, to give her an incentive to keep her focused on keeping the budget on track.
"He wanted to let her know he was serious," said the source, a former county official.
The thing that really raised the red flags was Walker's comment about "taking action" once he learned of the tweets.
It reminds me an awful lot of 2010, when his then county staffer Darlene Wink was busted making political comments on jsonline.com and other blogs in support of her boss and his campaign to be governor. At that time, Walker denied knowledge that this was going on and taking action once he learned of the political activity during county time.
It was then that we learned that with all things Walker, there is more. There is always more:
Lo and behold! It turns out that Walker not only knew about the illegal politicking, but also was giving orders regarding it.
Now, is there any reason to believe that he wasn't aware of what was going on in his own campaign, much less wasn't directing it? It sure looks like Walker isn't going to get anything from Santa or anyone else this year.