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O’Malley on Rush Limbaugh comment: “I don’t really think anybody really cares what my opinion is but, evidentially, somebody wants to make it a big issue.”



FILE - Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh talks with former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, left, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Steve O’Malley is, perhaps, second guessing a Facebook comment he made the other day on a story pertaining to Rush Limbaugh’s death.


O’Malley is the La Crosse County administrator.

Someone with a “La Crosse Tea Party” email address sent that screenshot to the entire county board, upset with what O’Malley said about the conservative talk show radio host, who died Wednesday.

“I don’t really think anybody really cares what my opinion is,” O’Malley told WIZM on Thursday. “But, evidentially somebody wants to make it a big issue. Other people commented as well. It has no affiliation with the county. It was on my own time.”

The post, which is not deleted, says, “How sad that this hatred has escaped this existence for ever. If I believed in hell it would be the most deserving place for the likes of him. He never loved anything but hatred, racism and disrespect. Good riddence.”

O’Malley said he has been on vacation since last Friday and was not part of Thursday night’s County Board meeting.


“Maybe I shouldn’t have posted anything but the county has nothing to do with it,” O’Malley said. “I guess I don’t have a right to my own opinion, independently of my position.”

O’Malley’s comment did come up briefly at the meeting.

“I’m sure a lot of you supervisors have received several emails like I have and phone calls about our administrator and comments he’s made in the past couple days,” County Board member Jack Pogreba said. “I don’t know if that’s something the Executive Committee should be looking at or some ethics situations but I’m looking for legal counsel to look into that further.”

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  1. Mike Sladky

    February 19, 2021 at 8:18 am

    It is a little frightening (also embarrassing) to have the La Crosse County Administrator (Steve O’Malley) making such hateful comments like his about the death of a radio icon or anybody for that matter, whether private email or not. This guy (Mr. O’Malley) is not a leader or someone to look up to. Have a nice day.

  2. Ronald Walker

    February 19, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Perhaps this would be a good time for Steve to consider removing the sign from his front yard that reads:
    “Hate Has No Home Here”

  3. Heather Nokken

    February 19, 2021 at 10:14 am

    “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all” would seem to be appropriate when someone dies.

  4. Fascist Destroyer

    February 19, 2021 at 11:12 am

    Seems to me he’s just expressing the same respect for this pos that he showed to others during his entire career. You repugs and your llove of ‘freedumb’ seems to end when someone hurts your feelers…sounds like a real snowflake to me. Maybe these repugs just need a ‘safe space’? Were you as upset when rush made a ‘parody’ song, called ‘Barack the Magic Negro’. I know-HILARIOUS, right?!? Oh, and the time he called women who use birth control ‘sluts and prostitutes’. Another total knee-slapper, huh? Oh-and who can forget his ‘comedy’ about how people who contract HIV/AIDS deserve to die in misery…omg, i’m already laughing just thinking about this brilliant ‘comedian.’ Yeah…comedy. Ok. Trust me-there is WAAAY more of his comedic gut-busters easily available. I suggest to anyone who has an iota of respect for this fat, disgusting, bigoted slob to do the bare min of research on this chud. If you still respect him afterward, then you should look inward. This guy can rest in p!$$, the world just got a tiny bit more humane.

  5. Lou johnson

    February 19, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    It is incredibly disappointing that our counties top leader speaks of someone’s passing in this manner. It doesn’t matter whether you’re speaking in a professional or personal capacity, failing to show compassion and equality toward others is not a trait of of a real leader! This is the trait of a bully! His doubling down on this comment shows we need a new administrator in La Crosse County!

  6. Kari

    February 19, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    I totally agree with Ronald Walker, just another hypocrite with a sign that makes them feel good and hides their true feelings.
    It also concerns me that O’Malley doesn’t believe in hell. Does this mean you do not believe in God? Do you not believe in Heaven? If you do not believe in Heaven or Hell what’s the drive in you to want to be a good person and have good morals? You should be ashamed of yourself. Rush was a true American and believed in the values that make us the BEST country in the world. I believe God has a special place in heaven for Rush.. do you Steve O’Malley?

  7. Jenny

    February 19, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    Steve O’Malley thinks his opinion doesn’t matter. I say his opinion tells you everything you need to know about the slimy, Godless progressives running our county government. They have governed from the extreme left for two decades. They don’t care what you think because they are never held accountable on election day. The county is currently $83 million in debt. Debt service payments are over $6.5 million this year.

  8. Bones

    February 19, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    I had respected O’Malley before. Now even more so! Leave the yard sign up Steve…it’ll keep Lame-baugh’s ghost away. That said, Steve’s position does suggest that he temper his public posts. Not that I wasn’t happy to read it!

  9. Steve

    February 20, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    It is special when a civic leader shows his true colors. During the 30 yrs listening to Rush, I never heard him speak as much hate & nastiness as Steven did in one 5 minute tweet. He demenstrated his lack of tolerance, lack of humanity, lack of knowledge & foremost his shallow mind. (Not a deep thinker). Why would anyone post such hate? I would bet he has never listened to or read anything Rush did. Hearsay is never a good path to follow for truth. He is the epidamy of what liberals really think of their constituents they disagree with. Steve, thanks for opening my eyes to your true character.

  10. Steve

    February 20, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    It’s obvious that the Fox News pundits are looking for Liberal blood again. Limbaugh has a legacy of denigrating any individual that’s inferior to his Wealthy White Class Standards. I find it Ironic that the critical Right Wing leader Voss in Madison would request the flag to be lowered for a Racist Bigot Limbaugh and no recognition for one of the states greatest sports heroes Hammering Hank Arron. This is the hypcritcal mind set of a Trump Republican!!

  11. Ivy

    February 20, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    I believe that everyone has a right to their opinion but I wish that people like Mr O’Malley would give examples of the “hatred, racism and disrespect” he says came from Rush. He obviously did not listen to the show and has no clue of the good things Rush has done for our country through his charitable organizations. What a horrible thing to say about a fellow human being!

  12. Sheri Schneider

    February 23, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Tasteless comment from O”Malley – although I’m not surprised. I just don’t understand how liberals think they can put such venom on the internet and not be called on it. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. Why is the Tribune not following this story?

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