A staffer for Republican Barbara Dittrich has retired after a tweet from the lawmaker’s account slammed former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick while the Assembly debated his inclusion in a Black History Month resolution.
The staffer, Keith Best, was previously involved in a Twitter issue while working for his former employer, then-Rep. Thomas Weatherston. But the latest incident Tuesday night came in a reply to a thread of tweets some 20 minutes before members ultimately voted to approve a resolution without Kaepernick’s name.
“Colin Kapernick [sic] wore socks depicting police as pigs. Flags are flying at half-staff for a murdered policeman. Are you kidding me????” read the tweet.
A spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said today Best is no longer working in the Assembly.
“He elected to retire following the representative’s concerns over his unauthorized tweet,” spokeswoman Kit Beyer wrote in an email.
Dittrich didn’t return a call seeking comment today. But she told reporters following Tuesday’s floor session the tweet “wasn’t authorized” and Best is the only other person with access to her account.
At the time, the Oconomowoc Republican indicated she would discipline Best but added she’d like to “calm down” before taking any action.
Best was previously embroiled in a Twitter controversy over the summer while working for Weatherston. At the time, Weatherston slammed Best for the “racist” tweet that was sent in reply to an article shared by Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, about registered voters being removed from state voting rolls.
The story noted that action “disproportionately affects black voters and voters of color.”
Weatherston’s account tweeted in response: “Those claiming that minorities are not smart enough to follow voting rules with a Photo ID are the true racists.”
As of today, Best is not listed as a staffer on Dittrich’s legislative page, and an email sent to his legislative address shows it can’t be found or receive mail.