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Monday, October 24, 2016

Rep. Nan Hayworth’s (R-N.Y.) communications director, Jay Townsend, resigned on Monday following his suggestion last week that people “hurl some acid” at female Democratic senators whose views he found hypocritical.

Cardiologist Richard Becker, Hayworth’s Democratic opponent, pounced on the opportunity, calling Townsend’s choice of words “uniquely violent” and demanding he be fired. Once the scandal hit the national spotlight, Townsend posted a non-apology on his Facebook page, where he first posted the offending words. ” It was stupid because my words were easily misconstrued,” he wrote, “thoughtless because my choice of words obscured a point I was trying to make, and insensitive because some have interpreted the comment as advocating a violent act.”

As a reminder, here are his original remarks in full:

My question today… when is Tommy boy going to weigh in on all the Lilly Ledbetter hypocrites who claim to be fighting the War on Women? Let’s hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who won’t abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector.

Hayworth, a Tea Party stalwart who beat the Democratic incumbent for the seat in 2010, issued a statement urging voters to move past the controversy.

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  • Landsende

    Your judged by the company you keep. In this case the only way Nan Hayworth can get past the controversy is by condemning Townsends statement and calling for civility and respect on both sides.

  • Hayworth probably was fired and he doesn’t know what an apology is .

  • nyjnt1

    The true issue here is that Nan hayworth has yet to say she disagreed with the language Jay Townsend used. I’m not talking about changing her position, I don’t expect that, but a simple acknowledge that Townsends statement was out of line has yet to pass her lips. That speaks volumes. If you can’t bring yourself to distance yourself from someone who jokes like that in public what are you thinking in private? By the way, Dr. Becker is only one of the candiates in the democratic primary in NY 19 .