On Politics: Scott Walker campaign aide fired following offensive tweets, odd fundraising appeal

2013-12-04T11:20:00Z On Politics: Scott Walker campaign aide fired following offensive tweets, odd fundraising appealMARY SPICUZZA | Wisconsin State Journal | mspicuzza@madison.com | 608-252-6122 madison.com

Gov. Scott Walker has fired a campaign aide who made offensive comments about Latinos on social media.

Walker, who criticized Mitt Romney and his 2012 presidential campaign for alienating voters with his infamous comments about the “47 percent,” has been calling on fellow Republicans to work harder to reach out to minority voters. But it turns out his campaign’s deputy finance director, Taylor Palmisano, posted derogatory comments on Twitter about Latinos.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported the tweets, which have since been deleted along with her Twitter account.

“I will choke that illegal mex cleaning in the library. Stop banging (expletive) chairs around and turn off your Walkman,” she wrote in a tweet from March 9, 2011, the Journal Sentinel reported.

And in January of that year, she complained about her bus trip from California to Las Vegas after watching 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,” she tweeted.

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

Palmisano, 23, was a finance intern for the Walker campaign from January to July before being promoted to deputy finance director, according to her profile on Linked-

In. She also was a finance intern at the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

Jesse Dougherty, spokesman for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, declined to comment.

Palmisano’s firing also comes in the wake of an odd “Black Friday” fundraising appeal on behalf of the Walker campaign.

“Instead of venturing into the cold this Black Friday, stay in and give your children a gift that will keep on giving,” she wrote, suggesting a donation to the campaign. “Instead of electronics or toys that will undoubtedly be outdated, broken or lost by the next Holiday Season, help give your children the gift of a Wisconsin that we can all be proud of.”

Her appeal ended, “A strong Wisconsin is the best gift you can give.”

Walker faces re-election next year and has been widely talked about as a possible 2016 presidential candidate.

Palmisano could not be reached immediately for comment.

Joe Zepecki, a spokesman for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, declined to comment about Palmisano.

Palmisano is the second Walker campaign aide to suddenly leave the campaign in recent months.

Former spokeswoman Nicole Tieman resigned abruptly in May, announcing her departure in a short email blast. It was later reported that she was serving a 20-day jail sentence after her second drunken driving conviction.

— Reporter Matthew DeFour

contributed to this report.

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