skip to nav skip to content


Charlie Sykes: Sykes Writes


  • (23) | COMMENTS
  • Print

Fallout from the obscene and tasteless smear of Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch by a liberal Madison talk show host. (Which apparently marked what the left regards as the "new tone.")

As of right now, not a word from NOW or other feminist groups.

Clarification from State ep. Robin Vos:

My comments were taken out of context.  Here’s my take:


Sly should be embarrassed with what he said and admit he was wrong.  His comments were offensive.  I would have never believed that in today’s world public figures would use that kind of language.  While as an American ,he has every right to say the words, I think it’s always right for those of us who think the words are offensive,  to call him out on it.



Madison's WKOW ran this news report: you can watch here.

Their online story is here:

MADISON (WKOW) -- A representative of the Republican Party of Wisconsin called on a Madison radio host to issue an apology for his remarks about Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch during a talk show segment.

Party executive director Mark Jefferson called remarks by WTDY morning host John "Sly" Sylvester "offensive."

During the Jan. 17 segment in which Sylvester criticized Kleefisch's cold-calling attempts to try to woo businesses from Illinois to Wisconsin, Sylvester mockingly impersonated Kleefisch and attributed sexual acts as the reason for her election.   Sylvester made a later, additional sexual remark about Kleefisch as the on-air discussion turned to high speed trains.

Click here to listen to the comments from the talk show segment, provided by Milwaukee radio station WTMJ.

Sylvester's on-air segment also included references to Kleefisch's colon cancer, including discussion of whether Kleefisch uses a wig or has a poor hairstyle.

A statement from the American Cancer Society called the references "disrespectful" and said Sylvester made light of Kleefisch's fight with cancer "under the guise of political discourse."

WTDY program director Rex Charger defended Sylvester's remarks.  

"It was obvious sarcasm and was not intended to be taken literally."

Neither Sylvester nor Kleefisch returned calls from WKOW27 News seeking comment.



The American Cancer Society isn't amused.

In response to comments made by Madison radio talk show host John “Sly” Sylvester regarding Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch’s ongoing fight with cancer, Gail Sumi, Wisconsin Government Relations Director for the American Cancer Society, issued the following statement:

“It is truly unfortunate that Mr. Sylvester saw fit to make light of Lt. Governor Kleefisch’s ongoing fight with cancer under the guise of political discourse.

“Cancer is not a partisan issue, but rather is a serious, potentially life-threatening disease that claims the lives of more than 11,000 Wisconsinites each year.

“The remarks made by Mr. Sylvester are inappropriate and offensive to all those who have been touched by cancer, no matter their political affiliation.”


The state GOP issued this statement:

“It’s time to call out the left’s empty rhetoric about the need for civility in debate for what it is—nothing more than a transparent attempt at the moral high ground while they continue to engage in hate speech,” said Mark Jefferson, Executive Director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.  “Liberals can lecture us as much as they like about civility, but when will the liberal left in Wisconsin practice what they preach?”


Sylvester's comments come on the heels of AFSCME head Mary Biel calling a legislator voting against his wishes a “whore.” Later, after public outcry, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin was forced to alter a bumper sticker with a depiction of a train slamming Governor Walker's head with red impact marks, meant to be blood, flying out.


This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Milwaukee, WI

N at 3 mph

620 WTMJ