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Republican spokesman: ‘Let's hurl some acid' at female Democratic senators

8:03 pm - 06/01/2012
Jay Townsend, a campaign spokesman for Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth (NY-19) has ignited a controversy after he said, "Let's hurl some acid" at female Democratic senators.

Townsend's comments (which have since been removed) were posted Thursday on a local Facebook discussion forum for New York's 19 th congressional district. Townsend was responding to comments made by a commenter named "Tom" during an online debate over gas prices. Townsend wrote:

"Listen to Tom. What a little bee he has in his bonnet. Buzz Buzz. 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's office has not yet responded to requests for comment on the matter.

Townsend is described on his own personal website an "adept wordsmith," and is far from a political newcomer. In 2010, he was the Republican nominee in the U.S. Senate race against Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer. Townsend eventually lost that race by 18 points. He has worked on more than 300 campaigns in 25 different states, according to his website.

The campaign for Rich Becker, who is running to unseat Hayworth, posted a statement online Thursday calling for Townsend to be fired.

"I'd be fired - immediately and with cause - if I said stuff like this. Which begs the question: why is Jay Townsend still Nan Hayworth's spokesman," wrote Becker campaign spokesman Barry Caro. "Does she agree that 'bin Laden is dead in spite of Obama?' Does she agree that we should 'hurl some acid' at politicians her campaign disagrees with? These comments are simply unprofessional and should never cross the lips of a Congressional spokesman."

ABC News
friedgold_x 2nd-Jun-2012 01:28 pm (UTC)
'adept wordsmith'? I just choked on my drink. I could think of a few choice words that better describe this dickhead.
roseofjuly 2nd-Jun-2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
Well, if you think about it, it's not inaccurate. He carefully chose those words to convey a message. And he'll probably make a half apology for it, but he meant what he said.
friedgold_x 2nd-Jun-2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
I always consider 'adept' to be a positive thing, but you're right, he's adept at gaining a negative reaction to his dumbass comments.
lafinjack 2nd-Jun-2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
Well he got the words red hot, beat on them a lot, then used them as a weapon, so this interpretation of "wordsmith" seems appropriate.
seamouse 3rd-Jun-2012 12:38 am (UTC)
argh 'adept wordsmith', how pretentious. Hope he doesn't pull a muscle patting himself on the back.
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