Meet Ciara Matthews (pictured, right). For those of you who weren’t aware, Matthews is the communications director for Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s gubernatorial recall campaign. Matthews previously worked on the campaigns of such infamous Republican politicians as Sharron “When Life Gives You Lemons, Just Make Rape Lemonade” Angle and former Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons, has been accused of allegedly accepting unreported gifts and/or payments from a campaign donor in exchange for official acts while he served in Congress, not to mention attempting to rape a woman in a Las Vegas parking garage.
As first reported by the folks at PolitiScoop, in 2007 conservative Republican operative Chuck Muth posted statements made by Ciara Matthews on an online blog. Here is the post (Note – the grammar and spelling errors are Matthews’ own):
My mom is my biggest hero, then Sean Hannity, then Ann Coulter and we cannot forget Miss Tyra Banks!!!
I definitely see myself in politics…or as the next Rush Limbaugh.
I do not like rap. It’s cool to dance to in a club…only because of the beat but MOST of the time, I hate the words.
Speaking of the world, I love to know current evens, I guess that is sorta why I am so into politics, so I watch the news on a very regular basis. But only Fox News ëFair and Balanced!!
Who would you really like to just punch in the face? I would really love to punch Hillary Clinton in the face (Emphasis added)
Keep in mind that at the time Matthews wrote that she’d “love to punch Hillary Clinton in the face,” Clinton was not only the former First Lady – she was also a sitting United States Senator and a candidate for president.
Perhaps Ciara Matthews thinks comments about punching those who don’t share her rigidly conservative ideology are appropriate, but her comments seem incredibly stupid – not to mention irresponsible and incendiary – for someone who makes a living in political communications.
“Unfortunately, we have a Governor and administration that condones unethical and illegal behavior,” Walker said in a statement on Jan. 24, 2006. “The people of Wisconsin deserve better.”
OOPS…but wait there’s more:
“Today’s indictment provides further confirmation that the Doyle administration is damaged and must be removed from the Capitol,” said Walker, a Wauwatosa Republican, of his Democratic predecessor. “Governor Doyle needs to purge his administration of individuals who place politics and special interests ahead of the people of Wisconsin.”
Walker went on to call on Doyle to adopt a series of reforms that the candidate was proposing.
“Little can be said to underscore the seriousness of this charge. I am hopeful that the people of Wisconsin will allow me the opportunity to clean up Madison with the same fervor that guided my reform movement in Milwaukee County.”
In anticipation of a tough recall fight, Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign announced the hiring of several staffers, including Ciara Matthews, who previously worked in communications for the Senate campaign of extremist “tea party” candidate Sharron Angle in Nevada.
Here’s Ciara Matthews defending Sharron Angle’s extremism on “Face to Face” with Jon Ralston: