Scott Walker campaign aide fired for racist tweets

She's the same aide who wrote Walker's much-maligned Black Friday fundraising email

Topics: Scott Walker, Taylor Palmisano, Racism, Wisconsin, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

Scott Walker campaign aide fired for racist tweetsScott Walker (Credit: Reuters/Darren Hauck)

Taylor Palmisano is having a bad week.

First, she wrote a fundraising email that was widely mocked for being tone-deaf and weird. It recommended parents skip buying presents for their kids on Black Friday and send the money to the Walker campaign instead. That was bad.

Next, according to a report from Daniel Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Palmisano finds herself on the chopping block for a couple of racist tweets she sent from her personal Twitter account years ago. That’s even worse.

The first of the tweets in question, sent out in January of 2011, reads: “This bus is my worst fucking nightmare Nobody speaks English & these ppl don’t know how 2 control their kids #only3morehours #illegalaliens.” The second tweet, sent in March of 2011, reads: “I will choke that illegal mex cleaning in the library. Stop banging fucking chairs around and turn off your Walkman.”

With Palmisano’s departure, the Walker campaign has now had to dismiss two employees for anti-Latino social media behavior. Earlier, Walker fired Steve Kriesler, who was his assistant deputy secretary at the state Department of Transportation, for a Facebook rant in which Kriesler compared undocumented immigrants to Satan.

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On Tuesday, a Walker campaign spokesman distanced the governor from his former aide’s tweets just hours after being alerted to them.

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

Palmisano also issued a statement saying she understands why she was asked to leave the campaign. She was named deputy finance director in July after a six-month stint as a finance intern, according to her profile on LinkedIn.

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

Palmisano shut down her Facebook account and Twitter account on Tuesday.

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith, and email him at eisquith@salon.com.

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