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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.”

Rick Solem



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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    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.

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    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”

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    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.

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