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UPDATE: Walker says he wouldn't have put out letter

UPDATED Thursday, December 5, 2013 --- 9:02 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he wouldn't have put out a fundraising letter sent by a fired campaign staffer that asked supporters to donate to him rather than buy Christmas gifts for their children.

Taylor Palmisano was fired Tuesday as Walker's deputy finance campaign director. Walker made the move after Twitter posts she made demeaning Hispanics were made public.

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sent a fundraising email the day after Thanksgiving saying "instead of electronics or toys that will undoubtedly be outdated, broken, or lost by the next Holiday Season," supporters should give to Walker's campaign.

Walker said Thursday that was "certainly not something I would have put out." Walker says he wasn't aware of Palmisano's tweets until after they were reported but then he "took action."

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 --- 5:21 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has fired a campaign aide for making demeaning comments about Hispanics on social media.

Walker ousted Taylor Palmisano as his campaign's deputy finance director Tuesday. The Republican governor made the move after No Quarter contacted his campaign about the tweets.

In a March 2011 tweet, Palmisano referred as a custodian in a library where she was working as "illegal" and said "turn off your Walkman."

Two months earlier she went on Twitter to say "Nobody speaks English" on the bus she was riding after watching Wisconsin play in the Rose Bowl.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports a Walker campaign spokesman says both the governor and his campaign "condemn these insulting remarks."

Palmisano issued a statement apologizing and saying she regrets "these offensive and irresponsible remarks."

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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