An advisor to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s political action committee has resigned after Iowa GOP leaders complained about what they considered “offensive” tweets about Iowa.
Liz Mair was hired Monday and announced her resignation Tuesday night. She said the “tone of some of her tweets concerning Iowa was at odds with that which Governor Walker has always encouraged in political discourse.” Mair was to work for Walker’s PAC and was expected to be part of his presidential campaign, once he formally jumps in the race.
In January, Mair had tweeted that Iowa was “embarrassing itself” and that “American politics and policy” would be better off if Iowa’s Caucuses weren’t the first contest in the presidential selection process. The chairman of the Iowa GOP yesterday called her comments “offensive” and “ignorant.”
Rick Wiley, an advisor to Walker, issued a written statement after Mair’s resignation, saying: “We accept those who have a variety of viewpoints on issues, but what we ultimately must have is absolute respect for people across the country.” Mair had some key defenders, including Erick Erickson, the editor-in-chief of www.RedState.com — an influential conservative website. Erickson said Mair was a friend who was “very good” at her job — and Erickson said Walker had “botched” the whole episode by failing to stand up to Mair’s critics in the same way he stood up to union activists in Wisconsin.