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Gov. Walker criticized by conservatives for aide's resignation after just one day

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Liz Mair, the online communication strategist Governor Scott Walker's (R-Wisconsin) political action committee (PAC) who was hired Monday, resigned Tuesday after the chair of the Iowa Republican Party demanded Walker fire her.

Iowa GOP Chair Jeff Kaufmann called for Mair's firing due to tweets she sent out on January 24, which coincided with the Iowa Freedom Summit that Gov. Walker attended.

"The sooner we remove Iowa's frontrunning status, the better off American politics and policy will be," tweeted Mair.  "Morons across America are astounded to learn that people from *IOWA* grow up rather government-dependent. #agsubsidies #ethanol #brainless."

Kaufmann called the comments juvenile, naive, and ignorant. 

Mair told the Associated Press Tuesday, "The tone of some of my tweets concerning Iowa was at odds with that which Gov. Walker has always encouraged in political discourse."

After resigning, Mair tweeted, "Final thought: People have mischaracterized my view as 'hating' Iowans. That saddens me and is wrong and inaccurate."

A statement from a spokesperson for Governor Walker says, "We accept those who have a variety of viewpoints on issue, but what we ultimately must have is absolute respect for people across the country."

But on Wednesday, a number of conservative columnists slammed Gov. Walker for caving to the pressure applied by the Iowa GOP.

Eric Erickson, editor-in-chief of wrote: "Given Liz's work history, I will put it to you this way — Team Walker has botched this. There's just no way Liz Mair resigned with it being her idea. I haven't talked to her yet, but there's just no way. So instead of Walker owning this, he's passed the ball and made a staffer off herself. That's unfortunate and plays into the “not ready for prime time” theme already developing around Team Walker."

In the Washington Examiner, conservative columnist Timothy P. Carney wrote: "The pattern is this: Scott Walker will stand up and fight the special interests, if they're already his sworn political enemies. But when he gets pushed around by a political power broker, or a well-heeled lobby group that's 'on our side,' Walker rolls over."

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