Much ado about tweet from MN GOP’s Fields politicizing Robin Williams’ death

A Twitter battle raged Monday night after Minnesota GOP Secretary Chris Fields appeared to be trying to turn the suicide of comedian Robin Williams into a political pitch for a Republican candidate.

UPDATE: Fields has apologized. In a statement sent by the state GOP, he said:

“My comments were insensitive and inappropiate, and they clearly do not reflect the views of the Republican Party of Minnesota. I am sincerely sorry for his actions.”

The kerfuffle began Monday night with a tweet from Ellen C. Anderson, the DFL’s social media director, lamenting Williams’ death, saying:

“My cat’s nickname is Nanu Nanu. The world is lucky Robin Williams was able to share his genius with so many.”

Fields responded:

how very 80’s. Want an economy like we had in 80’s under Reagan…Vote @Jeff4Gov tomorrow in the primary.

Jeff Johnson is the GOP-endorsed candidate in today’s four-way Republican primary for governor.

When someone wondered “Seriously?” Fields replied:

Yes! Bcuz real ppl who dont have millions are crushed by the policies of guilt ridden celebrity above all libs

It went on, with much of it described in a Bluestem Prairie post, and even nationally in a post this morning.

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 08/12/2014 - 09:30 am.


    Why would you want Reagan’s economy back anyways? Most of it was recessionary for the majority of Americans.

  2. Submitted by Jonathan Ecklund on 08/12/2014 - 10:13 am.


    That is an astounding thing for Chris Fields to politicize. I’m also kind of taken aback by his inability to compose well-formed sentences.

  3. Submitted by jason myron on 08/12/2014 - 10:41 am.

    He really does seem unhinged, doesn’t he?

    The ability to hack out every thought to the world in real time, no matter how vile or stupid it is, seems to be embraced most by people who can’t handle it.

  4. Submitted by Jeffrey McIntyre on 08/12/2014 - 10:58 am.


    What poor taste…this is where we should act surprised!

  5. Submitted by chuck holtman on 08/12/2014 - 12:05 pm.

    “Appeared” to be trying??

    Come on, Mr Kimball. Are journalists required to treat every single fact as up for debate?

    Mr Fields “appears” to be missing something essential to having humanity.

  6. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 08/12/2014 - 01:13 pm.

    He is a real

    Asset for the Republican Party – just like Sutton.

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