Kathleen Culliton, Patch, December 18, 2018
State Sen. Kevin Parker ordered a government aide to kill herself Tuesday in a public tweet that has since been deleted.
The East Flatbush representative messaged Candice Giove, deputy communications director for the New York State Senate’s Republican majority, after she accused the state senator of placard abuse Tuesday morning, photos of the since-deleted tweet show.
“The placard is assigned to @SenatorParker,” Giove tweeted at about 10:30 a.m. “He either used it in another car or gave it to someone to use, both of which are not permitted.”
“Kill yourself!” Parker replied.
Parker deleted the Tweet and sent Giove an apology about 30 minutes later.
“I used a poor choice of words,” Parker wrote. “Suicide is a serious thing and and should not be made light of.”
Parker quickly tempered his apology with follow-up tweets that called Giove out for her work with the Independent Democratic Conference and asserting she was “on the wrong side of history for every important issue facing New York State.”
“Point of order, Senator,” replied Walter Shaub, former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. “It’s customary after apologizing for telling someone to kill herself that one lays off the social media attacks for a while.
“Or, if that’s not possible, to delete one’s account.”
Parker was responding to Giove’s allegation that one of his placards — a city-issued parking permit alerting traffic cops that the vehicle belongs to a public official — was seen in a car parked illegally in the Second Avenue bike lane between East 43rd and 44th streets.
This is not the first time Parker’s treatment of government aides has made headlines.
One of Parker’s aides filed charges against him in 2008 for pushing her during an argument in his campaign headquarters, the New York Times reported at the time.
Parker — who represents Flatbush, Prospect Park South, Windsor Terrace and Park Slope — was also sentenced to three years probation in 2011 for chasing a New York Post photographer, damaging his car and trying to wrestle away his camera, according to the Times.