A Democratic state senator in New York apologized Tuesday for a tweet suggesting Republican legislative staffer kill herself — earlier than referring to her as “a Twitter troll” in an interview revealed hours later.
Kevin Parker, who represents a Brooklyn Senate district, initially tweeted “Kill your self!” to Republican Senate aide Candice Giove after she accused Parker of misusing a Senate parking placard in Manhattan. Parker later deleted the preliminary tweet and apologized in one other message to Giove, saying that he had “used a poor selection of phrases. Suicide is a critical factor and and [sic] shouldn’t be made mild of.”
Nonetheless, in an interview with Politico, Parker lashed out at Giove once more, saying: “She’s been on the mistaken aspect of historical past each single time. So why is anyone permitting this tempest in a teapot go on when she’s nothing however an Web troll? She’s a Twitter troll.”
Based on Politico, Giove was a former staffer for the Impartial Democratic Convention, a bunch of state senators who repeatedly allied themselves with Republicans earlier than dissolving earlier this yr. Six of the eight IDC members have been defeated in main elections, serving to Democrats retake management of the chamber final month.
“The place was @Candicegiove when NYers voted for a #Democratic State Senate & progressive laws just like the Dream Act & CFE funding?” Parker tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “That’s proper, working with the [IDC] appendage of the GOP.”
Parker’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark by Fox Information.
The Senate’s Republican chief, Lengthy Island Sen. John Flanagan mentioned he was “indignant and dissatisfied that Senator Parker would go after one among my workers, or any worker of the New York State Senate, on this manner … These phrases are past the pale and beneath the State Senate.
“There’s merely no place for discourse like this in politics, in authorities, or wherever,” Flanagan added. “Actions have penalties, and as a member of the incoming Democrat Majority within the Senate, Kevin Parker ought to be reprimanded by his management instantly.”
The Senate’s incoming chief, Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins, launched an announcement welcoming Parker’s apology.
“I used to be dissatisfied in Senator Parker’s tweet,” Stewart-Cousins wrote. “Suicide is a critical subject and shouldn’t be joked about on this method. I’m glad that he has apologized.”
Parker was first elected to the state Senate in 2002. He was re-elected final month and was just lately named the incoming chairman of the Senate Vitality Committee.
Parker additionally made headlines final month after he launched laws that might require authorities to scrutinize the social media exercise and on-line searches of candidates to hold a handgun. Licenses may very well be denied if investigators uncover threats of violence or terrorism or using racial or ethnic slurs.
The invoice would require handgun candidates to show over login data to permit investigators to take a look at three years’ price of Fb, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram postings. Google, Yahoo and Bing searches over the earlier yr additionally could be checked.
The proposal has drawn outrage from gun rights teams in addition to free speech watchdogs and even some gun management advocates, who’ve mentioned there are higher alternate options to Parker’s invoice.
The Related Press contributed to this report.