Ed Driscoll

'Meet the First Victim of Defund Obamacare'


Allan Brauer, “Democratic Party flack fired after psychotic tweets against Ted Cruz aide,” Tim Cavanaugh writes at the Daily Caller:

A top Democratic flack in one of the country’s most Democratic state capitals became the first victim of the Obamacare defunding campaign Friday night when he was fired for filthy and reckless tweeting.

Allan Brauer, Communications Committee chairman for the Democratic Party of Sacramento County (DPSC) had his resignation accepted Friday following a series of unhinged tweets directed at an aide to Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

We explored Brauer’s hate-filled tweets yesterday, including the examples at the top of this post; at the Daily Caller, Cavanaugh adds:

California Democratic party communications director Tenoch Flores initially fed the trouble by telling Yahoo’s Chris Moody, “The problem with this kind of rhetoric is that it lets fringe characters—those who are actively trying to shut down the government—like Ted Cruz, off the hook.”

But by sunset on the West Coast, Brauer’s flagrant violation of the public relations code of honor could no longer be ignored. He had brought scandal to his client and had to be dismissed.

“The comments by our volunteer communications chair are appalling and inexcusable,” DPSC chairwoman Kerri Asbury announced early Friday evening. “No matter what our political disagreements may be, wishing harm is never an acceptable response during heated public debate or any other time. Mr. Brauer has apologized for his comments and expressed his remorse.”

I’m not at all sure how sincere Brauer’s remorse is, but we’ll give the last word to our PJM colleague Stephen Green, channeling legendary warrior-philosopher John Winger: