UPDATE: Why are so many of Scott Walker’s aides fond of racist “jokes?”

In December 2013, Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s reelection campaign announced it had fired deputy finance director Taylor Palmisano after it was revealed Palmisano had made a number of racist comments on Twitter prior to being employed with Walker’s campaign.

In case you’ve been stuck under a rock today, over 27,000 pages of documents compiled during the first John Doe investigation and then used to prosecute of close Walker aide Kelly Rindfleisch were made public in their entirety, and there’s some very very interesting stuff in those documents.

For instance, earlier today, The Progressive noted a highly racist email forwarded by former Walker Chief of Staff Tom Nardelli to undisclosed recipients, and I’ve been made aware of an email sent to Kelly Rindfleisch by paralegal Kelly Teelin, who works in the Madison office of law firm Michael Best & Friedrich. Here’s the text of the email sent to Kelly Rindfleisch by Kelly Teelin, which included the note, “This is good!” from Kelly Teelin:

This morning I went to sign my Dogs up for welfare. At first the lady said, “Dogs are not eligible to draw welfare”.
So I explained to her that my Dogs are mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and have no frigging clue who the r Daddys are. They expect me to feed them, provide them with housing and medical care, and feel guilty because they are dogs.
So she looked in her policy book to see what it takes to qualify.
My Dogs get their first checks Friday.

After receiving the email, Kelly Rindfleisch responded to Teelin, adding “That is hilarious. And so true.”

Here’s the email itself, for your review.

Racist E-mail From Michael Best paralegal to Walker Aide

I’ve long believed you can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep, and in Scott Walker’s case that certainly isn’t saying much.

UPDATE: In my haste to post the original entry, I overlooked another racist email sent by former Walker Chief of Staff Tom Nardelli, as first reported by The Progressive.

On pages 8,921 and 8,922 of WalkerDocs 2, we find Walker’s county chief of staff Thomas Nardelli passing along a racist email smearing Muslims. It is titled, “Tolerance.” Nardelli comments, “After the candidate forum, this will put a smile on your face for certain!”

I am perplexed that so many are against a mosque being built near Ground Zero. I think it should be the goal of every American to be tolerant. The mosque should be allowed, in an effort to promote tolerance.

That is why I also propose, that two gay nightclubs be opened next door to the mosque thereby promoting tolerance within the mosque. We could call the clubs “The Turban Cowboy” and “You Mecca Me So Hot”.

Next door should be a butcher shop that specializes in pork and have an open barbeque with spare ribs as its daily special. Across the street a very daring lingerie store called “Victoria Keeps Nothing Secret” with sexy
mannequins in the window modeling the goods.

Next door to the lingerie shop, there would be room for an Adult Toy Shop (Koranal Knowledge?), its name in flashing neon lights, and on the other side a liquor store, maybe call it “Morehammered”


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5 thoughts on “UPDATE: Why are so many of Scott Walker’s aides fond of racist “jokes?”

  1. It shouldn’t shock people- racism is part and parcel of the suburban Milwaukee GOP. Look at the race-baiting that goes on every day with AM 1130 and AM620. You think Sykes and Icki are just saying those things on their own? (I actually think Belling is racist on his own)

    This is who these people are and what they really believe in. Understand that when you vote. And to Scott Walker and Reince Priebus, the hate and racism isn’t a bug, it’s a feature.

    1. “You think Sykes and Icki are just saying those things on their own?”

      Nope. I’m pretty sure they just repeat what Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Republicans tell them to say. Don’t we have proof of that now? Maybe someone could order Sykes to file a FOIA request on our behalf to get to the bottom of it…

  2. Is it OK if I truly hate (not too strong a word) Scott Walker, consider myself a liberal leaning libertarian and find the above funny? Because I do. But then I’m Irish and have no problem with drunk and angry Irishmen jokes. And overweight and find most fat jokes funny as well. Although I do agree that in the instances above those are not actually jokes, but true representations of the people writing them.

    1. Doug, how about the word loathe or reject? As in, “I loathe and reject the sinful or wrongful actions of Walker, Priebus, Nugent, and that crowd.”

      We are told to hate the sin, not the sinner. I know that sometimes it is difficult to separate the action from the person. We lose if we imitate them.

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