The Wisconsin Democratic Party has dropped its spokesman from that position after he compared Gov. Scott Walker (R.) to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer on Twitter.
"@GovWalker had better lawyers than Jeffrey Dahmer in beating the rap. Clear that he committed crimes," Zielinski wrote Friday.
Although the party has removed Graeme Zielinski as spokesman and docked his pay, he will remain on staff, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:
Late Friday, Zielinski removed the offensive tweets and apologized both to the families of Dahmer's victims and to the first-term Republican governor.
One source close to the party said Zielinski, a former newspaper reporter, will stay on with the state Democratic Party as a "media adviser." He will, however, no longer be permitted to post on Twitter, where he has been prolific in recent years.
Sources declined to comment on why the party will keep Zielinski on staff, according to the Journal Sentinel. This was not his first Twitter problem:
In May, he sent out a series of tweets suggesting Walker was using his criminal defense fund to help defend a man accused of child sexual enticement. A couple of months earlier he posted a bogus tweet in which Republicans supposedly said women "should get paid less and not be able to make health care decisions."