An aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) nascent presidential campaign resigned on Tuesday after conservatives and Republican officials took issue with a series of critical tweets she posted about the Iowa caucuses.
Liz Mair, a veteran Republican strategist who holds moderate positions on social issues and immigration reform, announced that she is stepping down from her post as the governor's social media point person because the furor had become too much of a distraction from Walker's likely run for president in 2016.
"The tone of some of my tweets concerning Iowa was at odds with that which Gov. Walker has always encouraged in political discourse," Mair said in a statement, according to the Associated Press. "I wish Gov. Walker and his team all the best."
Conservatives, led by Breitbart News, took up arms against Mair for January tweets that criticized Iowa's standing in the presidential race. The tweets apparently were in reaction to remarks made by Republicans at the Iowa Freedom Summit, a conservative summit that was hosted by Tea Party Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).
"In other news, I see Iowa is once again embarrassing itself, and the GOP, this morning. Thanks, guys," Mair tweeted. "The sooner we remove Iowa's front-running status, the better off American politics and policy will be."
The movement to oust Mair snowballed after Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann got in the action, calling on the aide to apologize or "I'd send her packing." He further said her comments were "not only incorrect, they're rather juvenile, they're naive, they're ignorant."
Mair tweeted about her resignation on Wednesday morning:
I fully understand why Iowans would find that suggestion problematic and objectionable.
But I think it's potentially advantageous for the party and the country. Iowa doesn't have great history of picking GOP nominee...
Final thought: People have mischaracterized my views as "hating" Iowans. That saddens me and is wrong and inaccurate.
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