Nan Hayworth's Lady Problems: Did Her Campaign Manager Tell Women 'To Wear as Little As Possible' To Party?
Let's say -- completely hypothetically, simply for the sake of argument, of course -- that you are running a Congressional campaign.
And let's also say -- again, completely hypothetically, simply for the sake of argument -- that your first campaign
manager spokesman recently resigned after writing a Facebook wall post that said: "Let's hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who won't abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector."
It would seem -- once more, completely hypothetically, simply for the sake of argument -- that your next campaign staffer probably shouldn't also have a history of saying sketchy things about women, because that would be (A) dodgy and (B) just plain bad politics.
For Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth, of New York's 18th Congressional District, however, this (perplexingly) is not a hypothetical at all.
What's going on?
City & State reports that Karl Brabenec, Hayworth's current campaign manager, has drawn the ire of ladies in his day, specifically over a flyer for a Brabenec-affiliated party called "Karlpalooza."
That 2003 invite apparently promised attendees: "liquor and sex to go around all evening" and "girls," were told to "wear as little clothing as possible."
Hayworth's campaign claims that Brabenec had nothing to do with the flier and that the get-together did not take place.
"I think it's important to clarify a key aspect of this 'story,'" Campaign spokesman Michael Knowles -- also the the organizer of the Vermin Supreme-Jimmy McMillan debate -- told us.
"The alleged party never happened. So, while Congresswoman Hayworth discusses her record and the real issues confronting Hudson Valley taxpayers, our opponent is trying to distract voters with a decade-old flier for a staffer's birthday party that never occurred, that the staffer in question never planned, and about which he never knew. If this is the sort of stuff that our opponent is going to dredge up, I think it says alot about our position in the campaign and their position in the campaign."
Brabenec, then an aide to Orange County Executive Edward Diana, nevertheless was prompted to resign from his post when news of the shindig hit the papers.
Brabenec has also been slammed by good government watchdogs "for continuing to serve as the town supervisor and police commissioner of Deer Park, population 8,000, while also serving as Hayworth's full-time campaign manager."
Said Knowles of the ethics issue: "While some people in the summer decide to go on vacation or sleep or relax, Karl has decided to pick public service over sleep to make sure that we have a terrific person in Congress."
But let's get back to acid...
In June, Hayworth's previous campaign
manager spokesman, Jay Townsend, had to resign after media caught light of his caustic commentary. (He actually did write "Let's hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who won't abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector." Knowles told us that Townsend had been incorrectly billed as a campaign manager by the media but was actually just a spokesman.)
Of course, this wouldn't be the first time that Empire State GOPers got in trouble for their approach to womenfolk...
Follow Victoria Bekiempis @vicbekiempis.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Village Voice's biggest stories.
- Brooklyn Flag-Burning Protest Erupts in a Few Almost-Fights
- The NYPD Has Installed Cameras Across the City So You Won't Be Tempted to Set Off...
- Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Aging