A New York State Senator has apologized after he told a Republican staffer to kill herself in a tweet.
Senator Kevin Parker, a Democrat out of New York City, made the tweet while responding to thread by Candice Giove, deputy communications director for Senate Republicans, where Giove called him out for an improper use of State Senate placard on a car that was apparently illegally parked.
In response to Giove’s tweet, Senator Parker wrote simply: “Kill yourself.” The tweet was deleted moments later, but captured by Capitol reporters and retweeted by Giove.
WOW…. Senator Kevin Parker is a Democrat from the New York City area and is the ranking member on the Energy and Telecommunications and Democratic Conference Whip @WTEN @News_8 @news4buffalo @NewsChannel9 @NewsChannel34 https://t.co/ufcVukysPW— Morgan Mckay (@morganfmckay) December 18, 2018
Senator Parker responded by apologizing to Giove, writing: “I sincerely apologize. I used a poor choice of words. Suicide is a serious thing and and should not be made light of.”
In a statement to reporter Morgan McKay, Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said: “I was disappointed in Senator Parker’s tweet. Suicide is a serious issue, should not be joked about in this manner. I am glad that he has apologized.”
But, speaking with the New York Daily News, Parker added, “Candice is nothing but an internet troll. To call her anything more is fake news… Even though I probably used the wrong words, does anyone ask her why she spends her day trolling individual senators instead of trying to get her conference on the right message?”
Senator Parker made headlines last month when he introduced a bill that would require social media checks for pistol permits in New York state.