Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Graeme Zielinski, misunderstood performance artist

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Democratic spokesman Graeme Zielinski was the target of pointed profile in the Capital Times, of all places. Jack Craver raises the question of Zielinski’s erratic behavior.

Zielinski has also used Twitter to make enemies out of fellow Democrats and liberals.

He pounced in response to a comment made by local progressive writer Emily Mills at a panel discussing the recall, in which she attributed the 2011 Capitol protests’ power in part to “the sense that it wasn’t being directed by a party or any one group.”

“Big difference between showhorses and workhorses in [the recall],” he wrote. “Lot of goldbrickers dining out, but hey, good for them.

Melissa Ryan, a Democratic campaign veteran who directed social media for former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold’s most recent campaign, shot back.

“Love seeing Graeme continue the tradition of slamming women for speaking on panels he isn’t even at,” she wrote.

Zielinski upped the ante: “Oh, give it a rest you gasbag. You’re a war profiteer, but I give you credit for getting paid,” he wrote, in apparent reference to Ryan’s work for unions during the Capitol protests.

“At the end of the day you’re just a bully. And not even a competent bully,” responded Ryan.

Ryan did not wish to elaborate about the exchange when I contacted her, but she stood by her comments.

“The tweets speak for themselves, and I chose my words carefully,” she said.

By the way, here’s the latest video of Graeme Zielinski demonstrating how important it is for the spokesman for a major political party in this state to behave professionally towards the media.

Wisconsin’s Democrats must be real proud to have Zielinski speaking for them and representing them in front of the media.

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