A Sacramento County Democratic Party official has resigned over an offensive tweet that involved a fellow Twitter user's children.
Tempers flared Friday as House Republicans voted to defund President Barack Obama's signature health care law, which led to some questionable Twitter decisions.
Amanda Carpenter, a speechwriter for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted to urge Republicans on. Then Allan Brauer, communications chair for the Democratic Party of Sacramento County, lashed out with a response involving Carpenter's kids.
That didn't sit too well with Twitter users, who raised a chorus of condemnations. The exchange made it to the website of the National Review and to the Drudge Report, both prominent conservative outlets.
"Publicly wishing death on a mother's children for her political views is an utterly unacceptable tone in partisan discourse," Sue Blake, chair of the Sacramento County Republican Party, wrote in an email to The Bee. "I ask that my counterparts in the Sacramento Democrat Party repudiate this type of rhetoric and immediately separate themselves from these kinds of partisan attacks on women.
Brauer ultimately apologized, writing to Carpenter that "I am truly sorry for my tweet" and "Your kids are not fair game." Carpenter accepted his apology.
But it did not end there. In an email, Democratic Party of Sacramento County chair Kerri Asbury said the party had sought and accepted Bauer's resignation.
"The comments by our volunteer communications chair are appalling and inexcusable," Asbury wrote. "No matter what our political disagreements may be, wishing harm is never an acceptable response during heated public debate or any other time."
Here is the original exchange:
@amandacarpenter May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases.— allanbrauer (@allanbrauer) September 20, 2013
PHOTO: A view of an iPhone in Washington on May 21, 2013, shows Twitter and Facebook apps, among others. The Associated Press/Evan Vucci.