ALBANY — Hothead state Sen. Kevin Parker told a Republican Senate staffer on Twitter to kill herself.
Parker (D-Brooklyn) sent the offensive tweet in response to one by Senate deputy Republican communications director Candice Giove, who found that a placard assigned to the veteran state senator was in a car blocking a bike lane.
Giove–who was responding to tweet complaining about the situation — noted that while the placard is assigned to Parker, the license plate on the placard does not match the vehicle.
“So he either used it in another car or gave it someone to use, both of which are no permitted,” Giove tweeted.
Parker responded with his call for suicide.
“Kill yourself!,” he tweeted at 11:26 a.m. before quickly deleting it.
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Giove did not respond to requests for comment.
Parker ultimately tweeted an apology.
“I sincerely apologize,” he wrote. “I used a poor choice of words. Suicide is a serious thing and and should not be made light of.”
But not long after that tweet, Parker called the situation a “tempest in a teapot” in a phone conversation with the Daily News.
He also went on to trash Giove for working for the Senate GOP and, before that, for a group of breakaway Senate Democrats who were aligned with the chamber’s Republicans in a leadership coalition.
“Candice is nothing, but an internet troll,” Parker said. “To call her anything more is fake news. At the end of the day, she is someone who continues to represent the forces of evil and is on the wrong side of history for every important issue facing this state.”
He went on to rip Giove for being a spokeswoman for a conference that opposes issues such as strengthening the state’s abortion laws and new gun control regulations.
“Even though I probably used the wrong words, does anyone ask her why she spends her day trolling individual senators instead of trying to get her conference on the right message that is in-line with the values of the people of the state of New York,” Parker said.
An incredulous Senate GOP spokesman Scott Reif shot back that it is Parker who is in the wrong.
“It’s incredible,” Reif said. “That’s his apology? He should have just apologized.”
The Brooklyn lawmaker has had a history of violent and controversial outbursts, though in recent years he has been more tame.
In 2005, he was charged with assault after brawling with a traffic agent over a ticket. A plea deal required him to take anger management training.
Three years later, a staff member accused Parker of shouting at her, shoving her and intentionally stomping on her eyeglasses.
In 2009, Parker was charged with felony assault for allegedly hitting a newspaper photographer, breaking his camera and damaging his car.
And in 2010, he cursed at fellow Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) during a closed door Democratic conference meeting.
That same year, he accused state Senate Republicans publicly of being white supremacists and some of his fellow Democrats as closeted racists.
Parker’s latest outburst comes as Senate Democrats prepare to take over the chamber’s majority in January. He was named last week by incoming Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins as chairman of the Senate Energy Committee.
“I was disappointed in Senator Parker’s tweet,” Stewart-Cousins said in a statement. “Suicide is a serious issue and should not be joked about in this manner. I am glad that he has apologized.”
Parker, ironically, recently sponsored a bill that would require a check of a person’s social media history before they are approved to purchase a gun.
—With Jillian Jorgensen
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