NY lawmaker tweets to GOP legislative aide: 'Kill yourself!'

FILE- In this Feb. 6, 2017, file photo, Sen. Kevin Parker, D- Brooklyn, stands at the podium, flanked by Senate members during a news conference at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Parker wants to require police to scrutinize social media activity and online searches of handgun license applicants, and disqualify those who make violent or hateful posts. The bill's fate is uncertain amid questions from free-speech advocates. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York state senator has apologized for what he called a "poor choice of words" after sending a tweet to a legislative staffer urging her to kill herself.

Democrat Kevin Parker's tweet Tuesday morning instructed Republican aide Candice Giove to "Kill yourself!" It came after Giove took to Twitter to accuse Parker of misusing a Senate parking placard in Manhattan.

Parker, of Brooklyn, quickly deleted the tweet, but not before screenshots of the abusive message were circulated on Twitter. Parker later tweeted an apology to Giove, saying suicide should not be made light of.

Giove is a spokeswoman for the Senate's Republican conference. Parker's office didn't immediately return messages seeking comment.

The Senate's incoming leader, Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins, said she was "disappointed" by Parker's Tweet.

AP-WF-12-18-18 1751GMT

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