Bob Koss, a GOP Minnesota Senate
staffer, is out of a job after attacking Rep. John Kriesel's support
for gay marriage.
Kriesel, a military veteran who lost
both his legs in Iraq, was one of only four House Republicans who
voted against sending a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to
heterosexual couples to the voters on November 6.
A portion of Kriesel's emotional 2011
plea to colleagues is featured in a 30-second ad for the campaign
working to defeat the measure.
John Kriesel featured in ad opposing Minnesota gay marriage ban.)
Koss went after the outgoing Kriesel on
Thursday in a series of Twitter messages.
“Just saw the @johnkriesel gay
marriage ad,” Koss tweeted. “Really glad the RINO [Republican In
Name Only] will be leaving the legislature. #mnleg & good
“Thanks douchebag,” Kriesel
responded. (This tweet has since been deleted.)
“Wow, so the piece of shit
representative confirmed by long standing belief #mnleg”
“@BobKoss you can dish it out but you
can't take it. Hahaha!”
“@johnkriesel Go ahead and play your
veterans card to shreds as you've done. You're a self serving SOB
and I pity you.”
“@BobKoss who's office are you
borrowing in that picture? Why are you pretending to be important?”
(A reference to Koss' Twitter photo, which shows him seated behind a
“@johnkriesel Answer me first toy
publicity loving SOB. And your supporters are as disgusting as you.”
Before deleting his Twitter account,
Koss apologized for his comments.
Senate spokesman Steve Sviggum said
Friday that Koss is no longer a Senate employee but would not say
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