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.”