Elizabeth Warren camp apologizes to Scott Brown staffer
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Elizabeth Warren’s campaign has issued an apology to a staffer of U.S. Sen. Scott Brown after several of the Democrat’s supporters were caught on camera taunting the GOP aide with anti-gay remarks before Wednesday’s debate.
The Brown staffer was chanting “Go, Scott, go” on a bullhorn when some union members rallying for Warren shouted back, “You sound gay.”
The incident prompted a swift apology from Warren’s campaign manager, Mindy Myers, who wrote Hemminger an email, saying: “It has come to my attention that some of our supporters made very inappropriate comments to you outside the Springfield debate hall. On behalf of Elizabeth and our campaign, I am writing to express our deepest apologies. Elizabeth completely denounces this kind of behavior, and we are very sorry it occurred.”
The incident was first reported by blogger Lisa De Pasquale, interim board chairwoman of GOProud, a gay conservative group.
Warren’s staffers said they did not know who the hecklers were but stressed they were not staff members.
A Brown spokeswoman declined to discuss the matter but issued a statement saying, “The behavior displayed was appalling and we are glad the Warren campaign has apologized for it. (The staffer) is a valued member of our team and we are disappointed that he was targeted with this hateful words.”
Brown last month was forced to say he didn’t “condone” the tomahawk chops and war whoops that Republican staff members acted out at one of his campaign events. But the senator stopped short of apologizing for the behavior