Va GOP official excoriated for use of genital slur
Virginia Republican Party Treasurer Bob FitzSimmonds is drawing rebuke for a Facebook comment that used off-color language in reference to a female GOP legislator.
The episode unfolded Tuesday night during an online discussion of a JH Politics blog article about donor activity in the hotly contested Republican nomination process for the 10th Congressional District in Northern Virginia.
It was Comstock’s name that elicited FitzSimmonds’ online ouburst.
Responding to a female commenter who voiced support for Comstock and touted the strength of GOP women voters, FitzSimmonds posted “I have nothing against Barbara Comstock but, I hate sexist (expletive).”
One definition for the word he used is a vulgar term for female genitalia. An image of the comment is posted below.
FitzSimmonds later deleted that post amid criticism from fellow Republican commenters and apologized:
“I posted something earlier and used an inappropriate word. I would not have used such a word deliberately and I apologize for anyone who was offended,” he wrote on Facebook Tuesday evening. “I was trying to say that I don’t appreciate sexist stereotypes and apparently used one myself. I have removed the post.”
FitzSimmonds did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment Wednesday morning.
Nor did Comstock respond to an e-mail seeking her reaction.
An attempt to reach state Republican officials for comment was unsuccessful — state GOP chairman Pat Mullins has endorsed Comstock for Congress.
In addition to his role as state GOP treasurer, FitzSimmonds is chief deputy clerk of Prince William County Circuit Court.
Poor Bob Fitzsimmonds. For starters, let me say I wouldn’t vote for Mr. Fitzsimmonds for any amount of money. He opposes everything I believe in politically. On the other hand, I also don’t believe the guy called Ms. Comstock a “twat.” Yea, that’s the word. Quite a stretch from the word “twaddle.” His smartphone probably went dumb, for God’s sake.
In the first place, “twat” isn’t a word men his age usually use. Most people using that term are women or younger men. When women use the term it’s not even considered vulgar. Not sure you would say it in front of your mother, but 100% less vulgar than a few other terms I can think of. Younger men have so many other terms they can use that most women don’t use because of the vulgarity factor.
I am willing to cut Mr. Fitzsimmonds a break. I think he is far too much of a goodie-2-shoes to ever call a woman a “sexist twat.” Meanwhile, all those Republicans out there need to stop calling for the guy’s resignation. Stop devouring your own.
Meanwhile, the Republican Party continues to entertain. What’s next? Hints for Mr. Fitzsimmonds–spend less time on anti abortion activism and more time checking your vocabulary before hitting send.
Mr. Fitzsimmonds’ boss is trying to stir up stuff over same sex marriage. Stay tuned folks.