Group rallies for La Crosse Co. Administrator Steve O’Malley’s resignation

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- The La Crosse County Ethics Board said Thursday that the county administrator did not commit an ethical violation when he posted a comment on the La Crosse Tribune Facebook page following the death of Rush Limbaugh.

“At it’s meeting in response to your request for an Advisory Opinion regarding the possible ethics violation of Steve O’Malley’s social media post of February 18, 2021, the La Crosse County Ethics Board finds that there was no violation of the Code of Ethics as it is currently written,” wrote board chair Richard Kyte in a letter to La Crosse County Board chairperson Monica Kruse.

O’Malley came under scrutiny after posting, “How sad that this hatred has escaped the existence for ever. If I believed in hell it would be most deserving place for the likes of him. He never loved anything but hatred, racism and disrespect. Good riddence,” in response to a news story that conservative radio host Limbaugh had died of lung cancer.

Some community members are pushing for Steve O’Malley to resign.

They held a rally outside of the La Crosse County Administrative Center Friday afternoon.

Those at the rally say O’Malley’s hate of conservatives goes beyond the post about Rush Limbaugh and point to other political posts on his social media account.

One man, who would not give his last name, told News 8 Now the post reflects poorly on the county.

“A La Crosse County administrator has to deal with things on both sides of the aisle. And La Crosse is composed of people who are liberal, people who are conservative. And if you have an obvious bias against conservatives, why would anybody trust what he’s doing?” said Rodney.