Gillibrand campaign emails supporters about Cenedella's 'misogynistic rhetoric'
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is letting her supporters know about the salacious blog posts published to an "edgy blog" that was formerly run by her undeclared challenger, Republican businessman Marc Cenedella.
Under the subject line "Offensive," Lillian Choi, who works for Gillibrand's campaign, described the posts as "obscene, offensive and sexist material that has to be seen to be believed." And, so that supporters could see it, the email includes three links to stories about the posts, and a big screen grab that shows Cenedella standing next to a post about "Dating Advice for Girly Girls." (It's the same image used in the New York Times article that first reported the posts.)
"This kind of garbage isn't suitable for any office, let alone one of the highest offices in the land," said Choi in the email, echoing Gillibrand's comments to reporters yesterday. "This lack of judgment from a CEO that wants to go from NSFW (not safe for work) blogging to the U.S. Senate is shocking."
Choi's email reads like a fund-raising solicitation, mentioning that Cenedella might spend as much as $15 million on the race, and ending by saying that once supporters see the "misogynistic rhetoric" in the posts, "I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s no place for his sexist attitudes in America today, let alone in a race for the U.S. Senate."
But there's actually no link to donate to the campaign. (I received the email three times, which could mean it's going out to her Off the Sidelines email list, and possibly the group's book club.)
Earlier today, after issuing a press release criticizing Gillibrand, Cenedella took "full responsibility" for the posts, which he said were part of an "edgy blog" with several contributors. He said he was unsure of the exact author of the posts in question, and that the effort to attack him would only come back to hurt Gillibrand.
Cenedella still hasn't officially declared his candidacy.