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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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angelus7988 2nd-Jun-2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
The fact that you made this comment belies a staggering degree of ignorance. You are creating a false equivalency. This sort of violent rhetoric (and violence) only exists on the Right. Liberals have collectively decided to embrace nonviolent action, and that is part of the reason why American politics have drifted so far to the Right. Well, that and the Right has more money at its disposal.
tala_nahimana 3rd-Jun-2012 10:07 am (UTC)
Jesus. Where did I EVER say that it was ALL politicians? I was speaking in general for pete's sake. I was speaking of the fact that it seems things like this have been getting worse and worse and, scarily enough, more acceptable in today's politics.

Am I overly knowledgeable in politics? No. Politics have been something I've long despised and have shied away from because of it. But seeing as how I have every intention of voting in this year's elections, I have been trying to brave the mud-slinging bullshit that gives me such a headache in election years and I have been TRYING to educate myself (hence why I joined this group. I don't have available news stations and I find the articles here quite helpful in keeping tabs on what's going on). But as much as the mud-slinging bullshit in here is giving me a headache (I'm getting royally sick of my comments constantly getting me bashed and torn down by a bunch of idiots who seem to think they're still in high school instead of actually acting like mature adults in their discussions), I'm not going ANYWHERE.

Y'all want to keep acting like snooty, hoity-toity PMS Avengers, go right on ahead. I may be getting sick of it, but I'm not the one BEGGING for people to act like this. Y'all's lack of maturity is on you. Not me.
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