Emails: La Crosse Co. GOP admits controversial letter came from within

La Crosse Co. GOP headquarters

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- There is new information about a controversial letter that was sent to area high school seniors originally claiming to be from the La Crosse County Republican Party.

It turns out it did actually come from a member of the party’s executive committee, Nick Newman, according to internal emails obtained by the La Crosse Tribune.

The letter sent to area seniors was complimentary of The Republican Party while making exaggerated historical statements about Democrats, claiming among other things that Democrats strive to be victims and want to people to be ashamed to do well in life.

When News 8 Now asked La Crosse County Republican Party Chairman Bill Feehan about the origins of the letter back on May 27th, he said this, “This is the dirty side of politics. That is the reason why so many people don’t want to get involved in politics.”

On the same day Feehan made that statement to News 8 Now, he also sent this response letter for seniors to us, that said in part, “Recently someone took it upon himself to send a letter to you in which he made many statements about what it means to be a Republican.”

“It seems clear that it was intended to damage our party and its reputation,” the letter went on to say.

That same day an internal e-mail acquired by the La Crosse Tribune shows Feehan sending this out to the La Crosse County Republican party Executive Committee, “I have to say I am already receiving a lot of blow back over this letter. This doesn’t seem to be what we talked about in our many meetings… Can someone tell me who drafted this letter? Your poorly crafted letter has given our party a black eye.”

And while Feehan told News 8 Now he was investigating the origins of the letter, he sent this e-mail to his executive committee: “My goal is to repudiate the letter and let it die a quick death in the news cycle. Nobody will care about this two days from now.”

News 8 Now did reach out to Bill Feehan to follow up on this story and to find out if Nick Newman will remain on their executive committee, but did not hear back.