Rich Becker, a Democratic candidate to take on GOP Rep. Nan Hayworth in November, has no intention of letting Nan Hayworth’s spokesman off the hook for suggesting acid should be hurled onto female Democratic senators who fail to hire equitably within their own staffs.
Although the spokesman, Jay Townsend, apologized for the comment, Mr. Becker is arguing Ms. Hayworth needs to fire him to fully rectify the situation. Mr. Becker sent her a letter today, which you can view below, repeating that position, and he’s holding a rally outside of her office later this morning to further emphasize the point.
Richard Becker, the Cortlandt town councilman and cardiologist who is running against Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth demanded she fire her campaign spokesman, Jay Townsend, following comments he made on the Facebook page of a local Democrat activist saying, “let’s hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who won’t abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector.” According to Mr. Becker described Mr. Townsend’s comments as “indefensible” and said it is “just mind boggling” Ms. Hayworth did not “instantly fire him.”
“With every minute ‘No Comment’ Nan refuses to take a stand, she takes on responsibility for Jay’s hateful and hurtful remarks,” Mr. Becker said. “Refusing to take a stand now and fire Townsend would permanently mark Nan as unfit to hold public office and unworthy of the public’s trust.”