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Walker responds to Black Friday email from fired staffer


MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker said Thursday he wouldn't have put out the controversial fundraising letter sent by a recently-fired campaign staffer. The letter asked Walker supporters to donate to him rather than buy Christmas gifts for their children.

Taylor Palmisano was fired Tuesday from her job as deputy finance director for the Walker campaign, after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel brought attention to Twitter posts Palmisano made in 2011 demeaning Hispanics.

Palmisano also sent the fundraising email the day after Thanksgiving saying "instead of (buying) electronics or toys that will undoubtedly be outdated, broken, or lost by the next Holiday Season," supporters should give to Walker's campaign.

The governor faces re-election in 2014, but hasn't said definitively he is running.

"It's certainly not something I would have put out," Walker said Thursday at a news conference in response to questions about the fundraising letter. "I think the tone certainly would have been different. The reason for that person not being there is much bigger than that particular email."

Among the demeaning tweets was one Palmisano sent a in March 2011 that said, "I will choke that illegal mex cleaning in the library. Stop banging (expletive) chairs around and turn off your Walkman."

Walker said he didn't know about the tweets until the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported them on Tuesday. His campaign spokesman responded, saying the governor condemned the comments.

"I think like most employers we don't spend time going back trying to find out years and years ago what people may or may not have said on social media," Walker said. "Obviously when it was brought to our attention it was something that concerns our campaign and concerns me and we took action."

Palmisano, 23, issued a statement Tuesday apologizing for the messages, saying she regrets making the remarks.

In August, Walker fired Steven Krieser, a high-ranking official at the state Department of Transportation for Facebook posts calling immigrants in the U.S. without legal permission criminals and likening them to Satan.

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