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Walker fires DOT appointee over Facebook post

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Governor Scott Walker fired the Number-three official in the state Transportation Department, for comparing undocumented immigrants to Satan during a rant on Facebook. Assistant Deputy Secretary Steven Krieser was let go yesterday, less than two hours after the governor’s office caught wind of the incident. Kreiser was responding to comments about a controversial bumper sticker when he wrote that a “stream of wretched criminals” is crossing the border, ruining southern states and industries, and breeding what he called “the animus that many American citizens feel toward them.”

Walker spokesman Tom Evenson called the remarks “repugnant, completely unacceptable, and have no place in Governor Walker’s administration.” It all started on Wednesday, when state Assembly Democrat Gordon Hintz posted a note on Facebook criticizing a bumper sticker that’s being sold at a Germantown gas station. The sticker read, “U-S-A Illegal Immigrant Hunting Permit – No Bag Limit – Tagging Not Required.”

Assembly Republican Joe Handrick of Minocqua later posted another criticism of the bumper sticker, saying it would cause people to focus their anger on the immigrants instead of what he called a broken system. Krieser then disagreed with Handrick, and went into his blistering attack. He told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he withdrew his post, and he did not write it on a state computer during work hours. Among other things, he said quote, “The whole social safety net and educational systems of entire southern states have been crushed under the weight of these criminals, who commit another crime with every breath they take here, having snuck across the border.”

The Journal Sentinel said it bought the last hunting permit bumper sticker at the Germantown gas station yesterday for $6.