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A comment on Facebook cost a congressional campaign staffer his job. Jay Townsend now won't be speaking on behalf of Congresswoman Nan Hayworth. Elaina Athans has more.

FISHKILL, N.Y. -- A spokesperson for 18th District Incumbent Nan Hayworth's campaign leaves his post after posting a comment on Facebook. The comment is being called vile, shameful and highly unprofessional.

"Certain rhetoric is not acceptable," said Hayworth Campaign Spokesperson Tim Murtough.

Ties severed between Jay Townsend and Congresswoman Nan Hayworth's campaign. Townsend resigned after writing a comment on Facebook that left users wide-eyed and appalled.

Townsend posted: "Hurl acid as those female democratic senators." He has since apologized, saying it was a stupid, thoughtless, insensitive comment.

Townsend has been working alongside Hayworth for roughly three months. The Republican Representative is running for re-election.

"She was not very please about what he had said," responded Murtough.

Others weren't pleased either. Responses to such a statement piled up on Facebook and elsewhere.

"He should have known better than this," said Democratic Congressional Candidate Richard Becker.

Hayworth's Democratic opponents were quick to attack her on the controversial comment. Becker explains the reference to acid symbolizes suppression.

"To hurl acid is used in foreign countries to silence women by scarring them and defacing them literally," said Becker. "That's a horrendous statement to make in this time and place in America."

Becker is running in the Democratic Primary, along with four other candidates. Also vying are Duane Jackson, Matthew Alexander, Sean Patrick Maloney, Sean Patrick Maloney and Thomas Wilson. The primary vote will be June 26th.

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