Virginia GOPer Twaddles His Way Into Sexist Term On Facebook

February 26, 2014 12:10 p.m.

A Virginia Republican Party official is taking heat for referring to a female GOP congressional candidate with a slang term for genitalia, the Virginian-Pilot reported Friday.

Virginia Republican Party Treasurer Bob FitzSimmonds made the comment Tuesday on Facebook in response to a female commenter who praised GOP women voters and voiced support for state Del. Barbara Comstock (R), who is running to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA).

“I have nothing against Barbara Comstock, but I hate sexist twat,” he wrote, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

FitzSimmonds later deleted that comment and posted an apology, writing “I was trying to say that I don’t appreciate sexist stereotypes and apparently used one myself,” as quoted by the newspaper.

The state Republican Party treasurer later told the Virginian-Pilot in an email that he thought he had used the word “twaddle,” meaning foolish speech.

“Also to be clear,” he added in the email, “my post was not about Barbara Comstock. It was relating to the sexist stereotypes being used by the woman posting.”

TPM has reached out to Comstock’s campaign for comment.

Earlier this week, another Virginia Republican found himself under fire for comments he posted to Facebook. State Sen. Steve Martin wrote that a pregnant woman is just the “host” for a child, although “some refer to them as mothers.”

h/t Huffington Post

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