MNGOP deputy chair Chris Fields criticized for tasteless tweets about Robin Williams's death

Categories: MNGOP, Media beefs
This is the last known photo of Williams, taken at a Minnesota Dairy Queen early last month.
:::: UPDATES :::: Fields has deleted most of his offensive tweets, but we've got the screengrabs. Click to page three of this post to see them. We've also included reaction from the gubernatorial candidate Fields was attempting to support, Jeff Johnson, and an apology from Fields himself at the bottom of page two.

About six weeks after the last known photo of Robin Williams was snapped at the Dairy Queen in Lindstrom during his visit to the nearby Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center, the world-famous comedian reportedly took his own life yesterday in California at the age of 63.

Williams's spokesperson told CNN he'd been battling severe depression lately.

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As you'd imagine given how beloved Williams is throughout the world, news of his death elicited many tweets expressing sadness, while others expressed appreciation for Williams's comedic and dramatic genius. One of the latter type came from DFL digital media director Ellen Anderson. You wouldn't think that tweet could possibly spark controversy, but MNGOP Deputy Chairman Chris Fields -- a man known for regularly trolling liberals on Twitter -- somehow saw an opportunity to score political points for his party's endorsed gubernatorial candidate on the eve of today's primary election: That tweet quickly elicited criticism from both sides of the aisle, including this one from a former MNGOP communications staffer: And these from Rep. Carly Melin (D-Hibbing): But Fields, instead of deleting his offending tweet and/or apologizing, doubled down.

(For more, click to page two.)

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