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WISCONSIN DELLS - Gov. Tony Evers said Senate Republicans are testing his commitment to civility by what he described as a "political assassination" of one of his cabinet secretaries. 

Evers told employees at the state agriculture department the GOP move to fire his agriculture secretary was "amoral and stupid" and urged the staff not to "let the bastards keep us from doing our work."

That enraged Republican lawmakers, who said Evers had abandoned his campaign promise to unite the state rather than divide it. 

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Evers told reporters Wednesday he doesn't think the GOP lawmakers are actually bastards but is still angry over their decision to fire one of his agency leaders for what he described as political reasons.

"Civility is in my core but at the end of the day when they decided to do kind of a political assassination of Brad Pfaff that kind of pushed me to a different place," Evers said at a Wisconsin Dells hotel and water park after a bill signing ceremony.