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0704, 19 Mar 15

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.


0704, 19 March 2015


  1. Kevin scheunemann

    Republicans in Iowa are really Democrats.

    Time to stop trying to please those slopping up to government for their own gain. Republicans are not the party of billionaire Warren Buffett.

  2. Rick

    He seems to be remarkably afraid of Iowa. Which is actually confirming Mair’s comments. Don’t forget he also flip flopped on the ethanol mandate.

    By doing this, he is going to alienate that people who like him for his strong stands. Going weenie is a big mistake.

  3. Mark Maley

    She committed a gaffe as defined by
    Michael Kinsley .

    She accidentally told the truth in politics .

    Obviously , that is a fireable offense for future Potus Walker

  4. Kevin scheunemann


    Look at it this way. Walker only fired her. Hillary did much worse, when Vince Foster crossed her.

    Let’s consider how compassionate Walker was by comparison to what Hillary would do in this situation.

  5. Pat


  6. Kevin Scheunemann

    …says the cobra.

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