In 2010, when current WI Governor Scott Walker served as the state’s County Executive, his then-chief of staff Thomas Nardelli sent a racist, homophobic and all-around-in-poor-taste email to his deputy Kelly Rindfleisch, among others.
But “poor taste” is putting it very lightly. The email, which was forwarded around theoretically based on it’s “humor” (we couldn’t find any, and we like to think we can take a joke), is titled “The Nightmare” and tells the story of a man having a right-wing Gregor Samsa moment when he wakes up as a “black, disabled, one armed, drug-addicted, Jewish homosexual on a pacemaker who is HIV-positive, bald, orphaned, unemployed, lives in a slum, [and] has a Mexican boyfriend.”
After way too much buildup, we finally get the punchline. See, he can handle all of these transformations, just “please God, don’t tell me I’m a Democrat!!” (you can read the whole mess here)
Another email that’s surfaced shows Rindfleisch praising a comparison of welfare recipients to dogs who are “mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and have no frigging clue who the r [sic] Daddys [sic] are.” For the record, she found it “hilarious” and “so true.”
Both emails were released as part of the “John Doe Investigations” into Walker and his staff.
Why is this a big deal? Walker is eyeing the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, and if this is who he’s surrounding himself with, there’s a serious problem. Though it’s not like there wasn’t already one.