Sen. Kevin Parker tweets ‘Kill Yourself’ at GOP staffer
State Sen. Kevin Parker (D-Park Slope-Kensington-East Flatbush) told a Republican Senate staffer on Twitter to kill herself, then almost immediately deleted the tweet and later apologized.
The incident began when Republican communications director Candice Giove found that a placard assigned to Parker was in a car blocking a bike lane, according to the Daily News.
Giove complained via Twitter to Parker, pointing out that the license plate on the placard did not match the vehicle.
Parker tweeted back, “Kill Yourself!” but quickly deleted the tweet, the News reported.
He later wrote, “I sincerely apologize. I used a poor choice of words. Suicide is a serious thing and should not be made light of.”
However, in an interview with the News, he called Giove an “internet troll” who “continues to represent the forces of evil and is on the wrong side of history for every important issue facing this state.”
This led Senate Republicans to call Parker’s apology insincere.
This isn’t the first time Parker has been under fire for his temper.
In 2008, a Senate staffer accused him of shouting at her and stomping on her eyeglasses.
In 2009, he was charged with felony assault for allegedly hitting a newspaper reporter and breaking his camera.
And in 2010, he cursed out Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island-Bensonhurst-Gravesend), a member of a breakaway Democratic caucus that allied itself with Senate Republicans.
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