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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.

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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.

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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.

“HI TONETTE

“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

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Kittle is a 25-year veteran of radio, newspaper and online journalism. In July 2011, Kittle joined Watchdog.org as bureau chief for Wisconsin Reporter. He has spent much of the past three years covering the seismic political changes taking place in the Badger State. Last year, Kittle joined Watchdog’s national reporting team, covering everything from energy policy to governmental assaults on civil rights. Beyond being published in Wisconsin’s daily newspapers and in multimedia news outlets, Kittle’s work has appeared on Fox News, and in Human Events, Reason Magazine, Newsmax and Town Hall. His special investigation into a politically charged John Doe probe, “Wisconsin’s Secret War,” was the basis of a 2014 documentary on Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze. Kittle has made several appearances on Fox News, including “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren. He serves as weekly politics commentator for Lake 96.1 FM in Lake Geneva, and WRJN-AM 1400 in Racine. His resume includes multiple awards for journalism excellence from The Associated Press, Inland Press, Wisconsin Broadcast Association and other journalism associations. Contact Kittle at mkittle@watchdog.org.