New York Democrat To GOP Staffer On Twitter: ‘Kill Yourself’

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Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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New York State Democratic Sen. Kevin Parker tweeted — then deleted — instructions to a GOP staffer, telling her “kill yourself” on Tuesday.

It all started with a tweet about a bike lane in New York, blocked by cars allegedly abusing placards to park where they shouldn’t. New York State Senate Majority’s deputy communications director Candice Giove dug a little deeper and claimed that one of the placards belonged to Sen. Parker — but the vehicle was not the same one to which the placard was legally assigned.

Parker responded with the now-deleted tweet instructing Giove to “kill” herself.

Amid the backlash, Parker offered an apology after deleting the tweet, conceding that he should not have joked about so serious a topic as suicide.

Not long after he apologized, however, Parker went right back to attacking Giove, saying that she was “on the wrong side of history for every important issue facing New York State.” (RELATED: New York State Senator Tries To Clarify ‘White Guys’ Comment)

In an especially ironic twist, Parker is one of the leading voices on a bill that would require anyone who wanted to legally purchase a firearm to surrender their social media history for review.

Parker hasn’t said whether that review would include deleted tweets.

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