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Representative Sinicki criticized for Facebook posts during Governor's speech

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The loading screen of the Facebook application on a mobile phone is seen in this photo illustration taken in Lavigny May 16, 2012. REUTERS/V
Christine Sinicki
The loading screen of the Facebook application on a mobile phone is seen in this photo illustration taken in Lavigny May 16, 2012. REUTERS/V

MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- A Wisconsin lawmaker is learning the hard way that posting comments online means everyone can see them, and that was a bit embarrassing for Democratic Representative Christine Sinicki of Milwaukee.

Sinicki really didn’t want to be in the Assembly chamber during the Governor’s State of The State speech, and she made that clear posting to her Facebook page while the Governor spoke. As Governor Scott Walker spoke, Sinicki typed, “OMG...this speech is so full of s*it. Wish I could get up and walk out.” and “Bottom line..the rich get richer and the poor and middle class continue to get kicked in the butt.” She continued with, “When are we going to have a real discussion about the cuts to education, throwing people off of unemployment insurance or cutting medical benefits?”

Sinicki began to post what appears to be damage control statements at around 11:00 p.m., saying, “For the record, my post about the SOS address was not about Walker, it was about his speech. Thanks so much for all of you who have my back on this one. I realize sometimes I have very strong feelings on these horrible Republican policies that have sent our state spiraling in the wrong direction. I will not apologize for my remark, but I will apologize for swearing. As a Democrat I can no longer sit back and allow the majority party to silence my voice. We have spent this entire session being threatened and bullied by (Speaker Robin) Vos. I didn't send that post out for attention I posted it out of the frustration I am feeling over the fairy tale that they continue to spin.”

The Milwaukee Democrat claims to be getting support along with the criticism. Another Facebook post says, “Also, for those of you who have sent nasty private messages I would like to point out that in the last 3 hours I have received far more positive public comments and over 25 friend requests...so I guess that puts you in the minority.” Then, “Oh..and one more thing,to those of you who sent private messages I will not waste my time responding. My original comment wasnt personal it was about policies..the right wingers who sent me personal messages with nasty name calling are the ones that should apologize, especially the Republican staffer who called me a tw*t.”

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