April 24th, 2013 | 1 Comment
This includes conversations that you are having on Facebook with your Facebook friends, as two Republicans recently found out.
Bernalillo County Republican Executive Director Steve Kush was posting on Facebook and Twitter from the Bernalillo County Commission hearing.
In the middle of a stream of criticisms of the Democratic commissioners and proponents of the minimum wage increase, Kush wrote, “Nice hat Working America chick but damn you are a radical bitch.”
Working America is a labor organization that rallied support of raising the minimum wage.
“Gestapo leader Hart Stebbins reduced comments to 1 and a half mins,” Kush wrote. “Anything to suppress opposing views.”
The Gestapo were the secret state police of the Nazi Party in Germany under Hitler.
Kush also complained that he couldn’t boo a point made by Democrats while others were allowed to applaud, again referring to Democrats as “gestapo.”
Another exchange, caught by the Democratic Party and blasted to supporters, featured Kush and former Bernalillo County executive director Bob Cornelius joking about the boots a minimum wage increase supporter was wearing.
Cornelius wrote, “Maybe she uses those boots to walk Central… even in this economy she can exchange bumper cables for boots.”
This is a reference to prostitution in Albuquerque.
Kush replied, “she was hot enough to almost make me register democrat.”
Cornelius has since deleted his comment and apologized.
“I’ve been thinking about my comment last night,” Cornelius wrote on Facebook. “I did make that comment in jest & I do apologize to this lady for this off color comment. It’s not fair to her, and it was inappropriate for me to makes comments like that.”
The original exchange, as provided by the Democratic Party of New Mexico, is posted above.
Update (2:42 pm):
Kush has been suspended, per the Albuquerque Journal’s Dan McKay.
Steve Kush, executive director of county GOP, says he’s being suspended indefinitely without pay for social-media remarks. He apologized.
— Dan McKay (@mckaydan) April 24, 2013
Written by Matthew Reichbach
Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.
Filed under: Featured, Local News, Social Media · Tags: Bernalillo County Commission, Bob Cornelius, Democratic Party of New Mexico, Facebook, Minimum wage increase, Republican Party of Bernalillo County, Steve Kush, Working America
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