It appears as if a spokesman for Nan Hayworth, the Republican incumbent, responded on a Facebook thread to a local Democratic activist who had criticized an early post of his by saying:
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.
The spokesman, Jay Townsend, ran on the GOP line in 2010 for the Senate against Chuck Schumer.
Responded Becker campaign spokesman Barry Caro:
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,” asked 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.”
“This isn’t some obscure supporter or no-name right wing provocateur, and we’re not playing ‘six degrees of condemnation.’ This is Nan Hayworth’s official campaign spokesman saying some truly disturbing things on her behalf. The people of this district deserve to know whether Nan thinks what her spokesman is saying is ok – and if not, what she’s going to do about it.
Mr. Townsend’s comments were sparked by an earlier post which criticized Ms. Hayworth for not crediting Mr. Obama for a recent drop in gas prices.
“Rather like Obama claiming credit for killing bin Laden. Oil prices down and bin Laden is dead in spite of Obama,” he wrote.
Mr. Becker is facing a multi-candidate Democratic primary that includes Sean Patrick Maloney, a former adviser to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Matt Alexander, the mayor of Wappingers Falls.