A Milwaukee man is facing several charges for sending threatening tweets to the son of Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker according to a new criminal report released Tuesday.
Robert C. Peffer, 31, told investigators he sent obscene and threatening tweets to 20-year-old Matthew Walker using the Twitter handle @RepublicRince2 starting on June 30, Matthew’s birthday.
According to the criminal report, the messages included racial slurs, physical threats, and inflammatory remarks about the governor and his son.
Mr. Peffer told police that “nothing at all” sparked his anger towards Matthew Walker, adding, “It was just because he was Scott Walker’s son.”
He told the detective he was upset Mr. Walker won a recall election in 2012, overcoming opposition from labor unions who tried to punish the governor for 2011 legislation that stripped public unions of most collective bargaining rights.
“I have been part of the recall since February 2011,” Mr. Peffer told police.
Mr. Peffer was previously investigated for threatening President Obama online as well. He faces four misdemeanor charges, each carrying a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and $1,000 fine, according to the Journal-Sentinel.
Mr. Walker, who is considering a 2016 presidential bid, has increased the amount of state funding for his family’s protection. His son, Matthew, is a student at Marquette University and head of the Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans.