Scott Walker Fires Campaign Staffer For Offensive Tweets About Hispanics

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has fired a campaign aide for tweeting offensive remarks about “illegal mex” and complaining that “Nobody speaks English” on a bus she was riding. 

Taylor Palmisano, Walker’s deputy finance director for his reelection campaign, was fired Tuesday for posting the offensive tweets, according to the Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel.

“I will choke that illegal mex cleaning in the library. Stop banging (expletive) chairs around and turn off your Walkman,” Palmisano posted on March 9, 2011. Two months before that Palimsano posted thhat “This bus my worst (expletive) nightmare Nobody speaks English & these ppl dont know how 2 control their kids #only3morehours #illegalaliens.”

It’s the second time in less just a handful of months that Walker has fired an aide for offensive remarks. Steve Krieser was fired as Walker’s assistant deputy secretary at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in May after news broke that he compared illegal immigrants to Satan on Facebook.

Palmisano’s Twitter account appears to have been shut down as of Tuesday. The Journal-Sentinel was able to capture a picture of the tweets. They are below:

This post was updated. 

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