Democrats quickly shot back after National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee communications director Brad Dayspring referred to Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes as an "empty dress" who "babbles incoherently."
The comments by Dayspring were reported in an article in The Hill about the Senate race between Grimes and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
"This despicably offensive quote by a Republican operative who reports to Mitch McConnell is consistent with McConnell's long history of leading the war on women," Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Deputy Press Secretary Regan Page said in a statement on Wednesday. "After all, just last week McConnell tried to take credit for passage of the Violence Against Women Act despite the fact that he's repeatedly voted against it, and touted the endorsement of Todd Akin's biggest fan Mike Huckabee. McConnell should call on this staffer to apologize."
Grimes spokeswoman Charly Norton tied the comments to McConnell.
"This degrading and offensive comment from McConnell's campaign team is appalling and he should condemn it immediately," Norton said in a separate statement. "It shows his team's true feelings towards women and continues his disgraceful pattern of not standing up for the women of Kentucky. From misleading Kentuckians on his votes against the Violence Against Women Act, to voting against equal pay for equal work, Senator McConnell has failed to lead on issues important to women and their families."