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Liberal website wishes Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker dead

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker should be used to the left’s venom by now.

But as the Republican governor gears up for re-election in 2014 and speculation on his 2016 presidential aspirations heats up, the liberal vitriol appears to be growing.


IF ONLY … Jezebel editor Erin Gloria Ryan on Saturday tweeted her wish that Gov. Scott Walker, not actor Paul Walker, had been killed in a car crash over the weekend.

Case in point: Erin Gloria Ryan’s hasty, hate-filled tweet lamenting the fact that it was actor Paul Walker, star of the “Fast & Furious” movie franchise, not Wisconsin’s chief executive, killed Saturday in a fiery car crash in Southern California.

“Why couldn’t it be Scott Walker,” Ryan, news editor at national feminist blog Jezebel.com, tweeted at 7:14 p.m. Saturday. Her tweet included an accompanying sad face 🙁 and #Wisconsintweets, according to conservative news site Bizpacreview.

Jezebel bills itself as a feminist blog aimed at women’s interests, under the tagline “Celebrity, Sex, Fashion for Women. Without Airbrushing.” It is one of several blogs owned by Gawker Media.

Ryan took some heat in cyber land from a lot of conservatives disgusted by her tweet.

As Bizpacreview reported, Ryan deleted the tweet before posting an apology.

“No excuse. It was dumb. I’m sorry,” she wrote not long after her original tweet.

She offered this response a short time later:

“I don’t wish death on anyone. Joking about that was insensitive and inappropriate.”

Seemed like a pretty rough weekend for the editor. On Monday, Ryan wrote that things were improving, however. She picked up the support of some conservative-hating followers, like L Mo, who consoled, “@morninggloria your tweet was hilarious. Imho. I make similar comments about Ann coulter nearly constantly. And Ted nugent.”

Ryan has been the target of some pretty vile comments from some angry conservatives following her original wishful tweet, too. But mostly the response has been disbelief.

@morninggloria It would go a long way if you tweeted an apology to Gov. Walker,” tweeted John Sitkiewicz@Jrock41S.

As of Monday morning, no direct apology yet.

Should anyone really be surprised by the left’s venom for Walker?

ON SALE NOW: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has published a book about the challenges in his state.

ON SALE NOW: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has published a book about the challenges in his state.

The governor in his new book “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge,” details some of the more abhorrent death threats lodged against him amid the pitched battle over Wisconsin’s public-sector collective bargaining reform known as Act 10.

Things got terribly personal when first lady Tonette Walker received a death threat aimed at her family, according to an account in the book.


“Has Wisconsin ever had a governor assassinated? Scott’s heading that way,” the anonymous letter declared. “Or maybe your sons getting killed would hurt him more. I want him to feel the pain.”

The writer of the threat claimed to have followed the Walkers’ two sons to their school in Wauwatosa and noted the names of the first lady’s parents.

When you are governor, particularly in a state as politically divided as Wisconsin, heated political rhetoric and uncivil behavior come with the territory.

But hatred, hostility and threats of violence have become all too common inside and outside the Badger State.

Contact M.D. Kittle at mkittle@watchdog.org


M.D. Kittle is bureau chief of Wisconsin Watchdog and First Amendment Reporter for Watchdog.org. Kittle is a 25-year veteran of print, broadcast and online media. He is the recipient of several awards for journalism excellence from The Associated Press, Inland Press, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, and others. He is also a member of Investigative Reporters & Editors. Kittle's extensive series on Wisconsin's unconstitutional John Doe investigations was the basis of a 2014 documentary on Glenn Beck's TheBlaze. His work has been featured in Town Hall, Fox News, NewsMax, and other national publications, and his reporting has been cited by news outlets nationwide. Kittle is a fill-in talk show host on the Jay Weber Show and the Vicki McKenna Show in Milwaukee and Madison.