- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 18, 2018

New York state Sen. Kevin Parker told a Republican Senate staffer to kill herself in a now-deleted tweet Tuesday.

Mr. Parker, a Democrat who is known for his temper, tweeted the offending comment to Senate deputy Republican communications director Candice Giove after she reported that a parking placard assigned to Mr. Parker was placed in a car to which it wasn’t registered.

“Kill yourself!” Mr. Parker tweeted in response.

A shocked Ms. Giove retweeted the lawmaker’s message and asked, “Did a Senator just write this to me?”

Mr. Parker deleted the tweet and issued a brief apology for the “poor choice of words,” but went on to bash Ms. Giove on Twitter and to the media.

“@Candicegiove is on the wrong side of history for every important issue facing New York State!” he tweeted.

Candice is nothing, but an internet troll,” he told the New York Daily News. “To call her anything more is fake news. At the end of the day, she is someone who continues to represent the forces of evil and is on the wrong side of history for every important issue facing this state.”

In an interview with the Times Union, Mr. Parker disputed that his tweet was insensitive to people who suffer from mental illness.

“I’m sure people in my district don’t care,” he said. “Come on, people don’t care about that. What Republican legislation has there been for suicide prevention? … Where’s Candice record been on suicide?”

Mr. Parker declined to answer the Times Union’s questions regarding the parking placard.

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