New York State Senator Kevin Parker tweeted “Kill yourself!” to staffer Candice Giove after she publicly identified the misuse of his legislature parking placard in a tweet.
Kevin Parker blocks a bus lane and goes berserk
Responding to a tweet from an account that tracks the abuse of parking placards issued to New York elected officials, Senate Majority Deputy Communications Director Candice Giove called Parker out for blocking a bike lane (and more):
It got to the bottom of this. The placard is assigned to @SenatorParker. However, the license plate # on the placard does not match the vehicle. So he either used it in another car or gave it to someone to use, both of which are not permitted. https://t.co/dcu6ZUyVVO
— Candice Giove (@candicegiove) December 18, 2018
Soon afterwards Parker, a Democrat from Brooklyn, replied to Giove’s tweet with a simple request in a now deleted tweet: “Kill yourself!”
Kevin Parker apologizes, calls Giove a Twitter troll
Parker deleted his abusive tweet and almost immediately tweeted an apology, but his apology was directed more towards the sensitivities of the general public than to Giove personally:
“I sincerely apologize. I used a poor choice of words. Suicide is a serious thing and and should not be made light of.”
Later on Tuesday he took Giove to task in an interview with POLITICO. Despite his apology, Parker seemed to argue that his recent reelection victory was more important than the opinions of any Senate staffer.
“She’s been on the wrong side of history every single time,” Parker said, referring to Giove’s previous role with the now disbanded Independent Democratic Caucus (IDC). “So why is anybody allowing this tempest in a teapot go on when she’s nothing but an Internet troll? She’s a Twitter troll.
“The real question is, has anybody called and asked her why she’s on the wrong side of history? Why so much sympathy for this woman who has time after time after time to defy the values and the needs and the wants of the people of New York state?”
“These guys lost elections, both the IDC and the Republicans, because they’re out of step with the people of New York. And I won my election.”
Republican spokesperson Scott Reif was nonplussed by Parker’s comments. “It’s incredible. That’s his apology?” he said. “He should have just apologized.”
Democrats have also reacted badly to Parker’s tweet and subsequent lack of contrition. New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, currently running for the city’s Advocate General, has removed Parker from his campaign team.
“After speaking with him this afternoon, we have both agreed that it’s best for him to step down as co-chair of my campaign for Public Advocate,” he told the New York Daily News.
Not Parker’s first anger management rodeo
Kevin Parker has had repeated problems controlling his temper.
In 2009 he assaulted New York Post photographer William Lopez. After being arrested he was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, a felony.
“He’s a hothead; there’s no getting around it,” a police source told the Daily News in their coverage at the time.
In 2005 Parker also punched a traffic agent. He agreed to take an anger management course as part of a plea deal.