Walker Fires Aide over Tweets

Ok… “resigned,” but whatever.

A digital strategist to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker resigned Tuesday night following an outcry over remarks on social media that seemed to disparage the Iowa caucuses.

Republican consultant Liz Mair had joined Walker’s political action committee, Our American Revival, ahead of the governor’s all-but-certain presidential run. Her departure came just one day after her hire was first reported.

“The tone of some of my tweets concerning Iowa was at odds with that which Gov. Walker has always encouraged in political discourse,” Mair said in a statement. “I wish Gov. Walker and his team all the best.”

Mair’s months-old comments, which surfaced Monday in the hours after her hire was first reported, put Walker’s campaign-in-waiting in a tough spot as outraged Iowa Republicans immediately called for her ouster.

“In other news, I see Iowa is once again embarrassing itself, and the GOP, this morning. Thanks, guys,” Mair wrote in one January tweet. In another, she suggested that Iowa should lose its role as the first-in-the-nation nominating state. “The sooner we remove Iowa’s frontrunning status, the better off American politics and policy will be,” she wrote.

First, on the content of her tweets, she’s right. Iowa’s parochial interests, like ethanol, have driven far too many national priorities because of its front-runner status.

Second, it was a mistake for Walker to let her go over this. He has a history of questionable staff choices and, if anything, his greatest failing has been misplaced loyalty. Yet in this case, he appears reactionary and disloyal. Mair’s tweets were not offensive and expressed an opinion shared by a large swath of voters. The fact that some Iowa bigwigs disagree does not make her wrong.

Walker would have been better served making a statement like, “I don’t share Liz’s opinion about Iowa, but there’s room in the Republican Party and my campaign for all kinds of opinions,” and moving on.