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La Crosse ethics board to meet for 1st time in nearly a decade, again over O’Malley actions

Brad Williams

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A La Crosse County committee is going to meet for the first time in almost a decade, to look into a complaint about the county administrator. 

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The county ethics board has a meeting at 11 a.m. Thursday, to consider possible action against administrator Steve O’Malley for posting negative remarks online about Rush Limbaugh, after the talk radio host’s recent death. 

According to county records, the last time the ethics board met was in 2012, and again, O’Malley was the subject of the investigation. 

At that time, a group of citizens accused O’Malley of violating ethics rules for supporting a referendum on whether to hire a La Crosse city administrator.  O’Malley was cleared of wrongdoing in that probe.  

On Facebook, O’Malley accused Limbaugh of hatred and racism after the radio host died of cancer last month.  O’Malley told WIZM he was on vacation at the time, and should have the right to post on social media as a private citizen. 

O’Malley’s Facebook page appears to have been deleted or deactivated.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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    Ronald Walker

    March 3, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Like any sticky situation concerning politics.
    If they drag their feet long enough this issue we be forgotten by the public and Steve will again be able to post whatever hateful message he feels.
    They treated Trump the same way. (NOT/LOL)

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