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DFL staffer under scrutiny after tweet about USS Minneapolis-St. Paul

DFL staffer under scrutiny after tweet about USS Minneapolis-St. Paul Photo: Twitter

June 17, 2019 06:01 PM

A high-ranking staffer in Minnesota's DFL party is under scrutiny for a tweet he posted Monday. 

William Davis, the research director and deputy communications director, posted a response to a post on Twitter about the new USS Minneapolis-St. Paul, calling it a "murder boat." 

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He later deleted the tweet and said he apologized to a local naval veteran. 

Last fall, Davis was suspended for a week after he posted a comment on Facebook that said Republicans should be led to the guillotines after election day. 

DFL Chari Ken Martin issued an apology, saying the tweet does not reflect the party's feelings on the military. 

"As the proud grandson of two men who served in the armed forces, this tweet does not reflect my own feelings or those of the Minnesota DFL. I would like to offer a sincere apology to members of our military and military families. The tweet that one of our employees sent from his private account was unacceptable," Martin said. "The Minnesota DFL has deep respect for the men and women of our military and the sacrifices they make every day to keep our country safe and secure. They deserve our gratitude, and the DFL will continue to do all we can to support members of our armed forces and veterans."

Minnesota GOP Chair Jennifer Carnahan also issued a statement Monday: 

"Our men and women in uniform dedicate their lives to serve this great nation give every day to defend the freedom and liberties of all Americans, and it is disappointing for anyone to minimize that. For anyone to refer to our military's action as "murder" is abhorrent - especially when that someone is a mouthpiece for the Minnesota DFL. Last cycle, the same Deputy Communications Director of the DFL was suspended due to a social media post about sending Republicans to the guillotines, and now for the second time in less than a year, the DFL's integrity is being questioned due to unacceptable and unnecessary activity on social media."  

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