MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A number of political observers and politicians alike took umbrage with a Minnesota politician’s response to news of the death of comedian and actor Robin Williams.
On Monday, Republican Party deputy chair Chris Fields responded to a tweet posted by DFL social media director Ellen C. Anderson, which read “My cat’s nickname is Nanu Nanu. The world is lucky Robin Williams was able to share his genius with so many.”READ MORE: Robert McCloud Accused Of Killing Ex-Wife Before 10-Hour Standoff With Police
Fields’ tweeted reply read:https://twitter.com/ChrisFieldsMN/status/498981540173737984
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Fields’ tweet led to a number of responses, including one from a State Representative and Michael Brodkorb, the former deputy chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota:
.@ChrisFieldsMN The real tragedy is a party officer jumping on Twitter to mock those who are sadden by a death & to politicize it for votes.— Michael Brodkorb (@mbrodkorb) August 12, 2014
Fields replied to critics:https://twitter.com/ChrisFieldsMN/status/498984089626898432 https://twitter.com/ChrisFieldsMN/status/499002405753978880
Anderson followed up with another tweet addressing both Williams’ death to apparent suicide and the controversy surrounding Fields’ response:MORE NEWS: 2 St. Paul City Employees Assaulted While Working; Suspect In Custody
Fields was previously involved in a contentious 2012 election contest against incumbent Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison. During one debate, Ellison called Fields a “low-life scumbag” as a tense encounter devolved into a spat over personal family matters. Ellison won the race with 74 percent of the vote.