Connecticut GOP candidate criticized for tweet by Kamala Harris

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A Republican congressional candidate in Connecticut is condemned by Republicans and Democrats for a rude remark he said in a tweet about the former Democratic presidential candidate and California Senator Kamala Harris.

The two best Republicans at the Connecticut General Assembly called on Robert F. Hyde to end the race for Connecticut's 5th district, the Hartford Courant reported on Wednesday. The seat is currently held by US Democratic representative Jahana Hayes.

Hyde, who lives in Simsbury, sent a tweet earlier in the month that contained a crude and sexist comment about Harris’s decision to leave the 2020 presidential race. The tweet was first reported this week by a Hartford Courant columnist who runs a daily blog and has caused outrage from both parties.

"He must end his congressional offer," said House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby.

Ex-Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, leader of the State Democratic Party, described the tweet as "simply disgusting" and urged the leader of the Republican Party to "end Hyde's convention offer." J.R. Romano, the state's GOP chairman, has described Hydes tweet as "mean" and states that such comments "do not help an offer to Congress."

The tweet about Harris has been removed. But Hyde, who has fewer than 1,000 Twitter followers, has shown no signs of ending his campaign. He accused his critics of being "libs" and "RINOs", a reference to the phrase "Republicans In Name Only". Hyde also wrote that Harris "literally destroyed a great man" on national television, referring to Harris' interview with Supreme Court Justice Judge Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.

"And I'm the bad guy on a bad-tasting tweet that I posted a month ago? It's fine for demes, isn't it? Quick question, do you think I'll ever stop? He asked in a tweet.


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