âHurl Some Acid At Those Female Democratic Senatorsâ
GOP Congresswomanâs Spokesman: âHurl Some Acid At Those Female Democratic Senatorsâ
Jay Townsend, a campaign spokesman for Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth, made an aggressive comment in a Facebook discussion that originally was critical of Hayworth on the issue of gas prices. Townsend drew strong criticism from one of Hayworthâs Democratic challengers.
The comment was on the Facebook page called âNY19 U.S. House of Representatives Discussion Centerâ â and itâs âmission is to foster civil multi-partisan discussion about issues impacting citizens of New Yorkâs U.S. House District represented by Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth.â The post in question criticized Hayworth for not crediting Obama for a recent drop in gas prices.
Townsendâs comment, in response to another commenter, Tom, read:
Listen to Tom. What a little bee he has in his bonnet. Buzz Buzz. My question todayâŚwhen is Tommy boy going to weigh in on all the Lilly Ledbetter hypocrites who claim to be fighting the War on Women? Letâs hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who wonât abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector. http://freebeacon.com/senate-dems-betray-lilly/
Another comment on the post, under the pageâs account, addressed Townsend:
âJay Townsend â as an official and paid employee of the Hayworth Re-Election Campaign, please refrain from calling our members names. If you keep that up, I will have to remove you from the page. Also, I canât believe Congresswoman Hayworth would want you posting such un-referenced nonsense to this page. Does she know you are doing this or have you gone rogue?
Richard Becker, one of Hayworthâs Democratic challengers, condemned the remark via his campaignâs spokesman Barry Caro. From the New York Observer:
Iâd be fired â immediately and with cause â if I said stuff like this. Which begs the question: why is Jay Townsend still Nan Hayworthâs spokesman,â asked Becker campaign spokesman Barry Caro. âDoes she agree that âbin Laden is dead in spite of Obama?â Does she agree that we should âhurl some acidâ at politicians her campaign disagrees with? These comments are simply unprofessional and should never cross the lips of a Congressional spokesman.â
âThis isnât some obscure supporter or no-name right wing provocateur, and weâre not playing âsix degrees of condemnation.â This is Nan Hayworthâs official campaign spokesman saying some truly disturbing things on her behalf. The people of this district deserve to know whether Nan thinks what her spokesman is saying is ok â and if not, what sheâs going to do about it.
Yes, itâs âsimply unprofessional.â While itâs not the way any of us should be interpreting âcivil multi-partisan discussion,â thatâs especially true for a campaign spokesman, regardless of the type of forum.