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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."

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tala_nahimana 3rd-Jun-2012 10:37 am (UTC)
Oh gee! Are you one of the ones who was flinging my words so far out of context and then calling ME the asshole for it when y'all were acting like a bunch of bitches?

Oh yes!! You were! Yes, yes. Because I'M the asshole for pointing out how y'all were taking the "r-word" (oooh, I has scared!) out of context and Y'ALL were the ones insisting I meant it in a way that I most certainly did not.

Tell me: Just how many more years of pre-school DO you have because you seem to be trying far too hard, precious, to act like you're high school and, all the while, still throwing bitch fits like a 5-year-old.

Try talking to me again when you actually feel like you can grow the fuck up. Mmmmkay?

Oh and LMFAO at the idea that people were calling me out. Dearest, there was nothing TO call out because I wasn't using that word in the context that y'all kept wanting to insist I was. Derp!
tigerdreams 3rd-Jun-2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
Here's the thing you don't seem to be understanding. There is no "context" that makes using that word okay or inoffensive. The word itself is an insult that means "person with a mental disability." Comparing someone you intend to insult to the mentally-disabled -- regardless of whether the person you're insulting has a disability or not -- is offensive, because it states that there is something inherently bad about mentally-disabled people such that you can use comparisons to them as an insult against others. That's why it's offensive, in any "context," and regardless of what you intended to convey.
lil_insanity 4th-Jun-2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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