Bernalillo County GOP suspends executive director for insensitive remarks (UPDATED W/KUSH STATEMENT)

Posted at: 04/24/2013 12:23 PM | Updated at: 04/24/2013 5:12 PM
By: Steve Mieczkowski, KOB.com

Photo: Steve Kush
Photo: Steve Kush

The Republican Party of New Mexico has suspended Executive Director Steve Kush for insensitive remarks made on his personal Facebook account during Tuesday night’s Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners meeting.

In a statement released to the press, Chairman Frank Ruvolo said, "I have informed Kush he is suspended, immediately and without pay, indefinitely for those remarks. The County Party does not condone what he posted on his Facebook page and will not tolerate that type of insensitivity toward any person."

Kush ‘s Facebook page shows a post in which he calls a female member of the Working America organization a "radical b****".

KOB Eyewitness News 4 also received a statement from RPNM Chairman John Billingsley. The statement reads:

"The staff at the Republican Party of New Mexico join me in expressing our strong disappointment and dismay at the highly inappropriate comments posted by Steve Kush and Bob Cornelius on Facebook Tuesday night. We recognize the incredibly offensive nature of these comments, and we do not share or approve of the views expressed by these two men concerning the women at that event.

"We want to express our apologies to the individuals to whom the Facebook posts referred—and to the women of New Mexico who have taken offense to the posts. We know that it is never acceptable to make such comments, even when done so in a poorly framed and distastefully worded joke.

"It is our sincere expectation that such comments will cease immediately, so that we can all focus on improving New Mexico’s economy while helping to provide better personal opportunities for the men, women and children of our state."

UPDATE: Kush has issued a statement, apologizing to the woman in question as well as her family. The statement reads:

 

"Last night, I attended the County Commissioners meeting on my own personal time and posted remarks on my personal Facebook page that were both insensitive and inappropriate. I regret my now obvious ill-fated attempt at humor.

"My comments were mine, and mine alone, as such I would ask that folks direct their criticism and remarks at me and only me. I take full responsibility for those comments and feel awful that I put my thumbs on the keypad of my smart phone.

"The remarks I made have no place in the public arena and, of all people, after two decades in politics I should have known better.

"On a personal level, having two sisters, I most certainly should have know better. I know how I would feel if the shoe were on the other foot and I sincerely apologize to both the young woman in question and her family for my insensitive and moronic comments.

"I am sincere in my apology and if this situation has taught me anything it is that I will make every effort in the future to be aware of the feelings of others."

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