Let's hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who won't abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector."
~ Jay Townsend, a campaign spokesman for conservative Tea Party Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth (NY-19) replying to a guy named Tom on Facebook
UPDATE: Townsend Resigns Over Acid Hurling Remark:
Becker continued to call for Townsend to step down, going so far as to hold a press conference in front of Hayworth’s office Monday morning. An hour later, Hayworth announced that Townsend had resigned.~~~~~~~~~~~~
“Jay Townsend has offered, and I have accepted, his resignation from his position with my campaign,” she said in a statement. “Now let’s return to talking about issues that really matter to families: job creation, spending restraint and economic development.”
Becker’s campaign wasn’t shy about taking credit for the resignation.
“The timing of this announcement, coming one hour after we completed a press conference outside of Hayworth's office calling on her to take exactly this step, was not coincidental. Our campaign broke this story, and for five days we've been leading the charge to hold Mr. Townsend and Rep. Hayworth accountable for the horrendous comments made on her behalf,” Becker said. “This kind of language is unbecoming of a Congressional spokesman and unworthy of the Hudson Valley, and we're pleased Nan Hayworth [belatedly] realized what most of us saw last week.”
"An adept wordsmith"
~ The way Mr. Townsend describes himself on his personal website
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? ...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.
~ Barry Caro, spokesperson for Hayworth's opponent, Rich Becker
The comment receiving the attention was not made on behalf of the Congresswoman or her campaign and was clearly not meant to be taken literally. It’s not too much to insist that the media responsibly analyze context and perspective rather than simply broadcast hysterical and irresponsible attacks...
~ Bruce Harvie, campaign manager for Nan Hayworth
When’s the last time you heard someone use injuring, disfiguring, blinding, and possibly killing a group of woman as a metaphor?
What’s lost on Hayworth’s male puppeteers (we have yet to hear a peep from Hayworth, actually) is that it’s open season on women in much of the world, yet our society looks the other way....So, excuse me if I get a bit sensitive when someone suggests throwing acid in a woman’s face. It’s NOT A @#$%! JOKE.
~ Flo Greenwood in NY Alt News
"Out of context" is up there with "it was a joke" and "it's satire". It's such a f***ing cop-out; people say horrid things and then get all upset when people call them out on it. The First Amendment doesn't mean you can say whatever the f*** you want and be protected when people think you're an asshole. Argh.
~ comment by HeartRateRapid on Jezebel
Change.Org Petition to Fire Jay Townsend
It's not just that he wants to throw acid in women's faces, it's that he wants to throw acid in women's faces in order to show them that they aren't the ones fighting the war on women. Which is so twisted that it actually makes perfect sense, but probably not in the way that he wanted it to.
~ Stephen Stralka on Maddow Blog
These folks like to create a utopia of orderly peace with themselves in charge of quiet and loyal women and obedient children.
There is no end to their domination fantasies.
Wonder why some children are bullies and violent? They have role models such as this slime.
~ comment by sandyc954 on Maddow Blog
Taliban-worthy: Spox for Tea Party Cong'woman says we should "hurl some acid" at female Dems supporting Ledbetter act. bit.ly/Ki8Aor— Laura Leslie (@LauraLeslie) June 2, 2012
The American Taliban, in action: bit.ly/Ki8Aor— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) May 31, 2012
Republican spokesman:"Let's hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who..." ah, who cares how he finished? news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/r…— Craig Hubley (@Craig_Hubley) June 2, 2012
So Hurling Acid at Women Is OK Now? fdl.me/LU877j— Firedoglake (@firedoglake) June 3, 2012
an epic failure by our clueless @RepNanHayworth who, like Romney, fails in her "Sistah Souljah" moment; you are unworthy of your office, NH!— Tom Conroy (@tmas61) June 2, 2012
Isn't advocating throwing acid in the face of a US Senator a terrorist threat? huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/31/jay…— Watchdog Progressive (@Watchdogsniffer) June 1, 2012