Wisconsin Governor’s Campaign Aide Fired For Threatening To Choke ‘Illegal Mex’ In Tweets


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

A second campaign aide to Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) was fired for making expletive-laden comments about the Latino population, according to tweets found by the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. Walker removed Taylor Palmisano, his campaign deputy finance director, after the Journal Sentinel’s blog, No Quarter, inquired about the disparaging tweets made before Palmisano joined the Walker campaign.

In at least two instances, Palmisano made racially-insensitive remarks against undocumented immigrants in a now-deleted Twitter account. She wrote in one tweet dated January 2011, “This bus is my worst (expletive) nightmare[.] Nobody speaks English & these ppl don[‘]t know how 2 control their kids #only3morehours #illegalaliens.”

Another tweet from March 2011 stated, “I will choke that illegal mex cleaning in the library. Stop banging (expletive) chairs around and turn off your Walkman.”

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Earlier in the week, Palmisano was responsible for sending out a widely-panned campaign fundraising email asking potential donors to give to the Walker campaign instead of buying Christmas presents for their children.

This is the second time in four months that Walker fired personnel for making disparaging remarks about the Latino community. In August, Walker fired Steven Krieser, the third-highest ranking member in the state’s Department of Transportation, for likening undocumented immigrants to Satan in a Facebook rant.

The revelation comes at a time when Walker emphasized greater minority outreach within the Republican party, all the while backing away from supporting a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.