The perils of digital communications: A staffer for Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) accidentally sent an email Friday to Booker’s Republican opponent Jeff Bell with the following message: “JEFF BELL CAN SUCK IT.”
National Review Online reported on the incident, spurred by a profile that the conservative news outlet penned about Bell, a former aide to President Ronald Reagan. Bell was passing the article around via email when he received a reply from Nichole Sessego, which appears intended for somebody else, per NRO:
— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) August 8, 2014
Booker’s office acknowledged the mistake.
“Earlier today a young staffer sent an email to Mr. Bell’s campaign by mistake that contained wholly inappropriate language,” Beth DeFalco, communications director for Booker, told NRO. “She has apologized to Mr. Bell. Sen. Booker does not condone that type of language or tone being used anywhere.”
Booker is polling 13.4 percentage points ahead of Bell, according to the TPM PollTracker average.