The New York Daily News reported today that Dutchess County controller Jim Coughlan, a Republican candidate for the New York State Senate, tweeted the following about MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry:
Keep your stinking paws off my kid, you damned dirty ape.According to the report in the Daily News Coughlan denies knowing that Harris-Perry is African American and instead was simply quoting the famous line from the original Planet of the Apes. Sure, not racist at all. It is so believable.
And what did Harris-Perry say to set Coughlan off?
“We have never invested as much in public education as we should have,” Harris-Perry said, “because we've always had kind of a private notion of children: ‘Your kid is yours, and totally your responsibility.’”Most interesting is what one Republican told the Daily News:
"Jim Coughlan is toxic," said one. “The Democrats are dying to run against him in November because they know he's the best chance they have of keeping this seat in Democratic hands."We often see this stuff happen in red states where Republicans shoot themselves in the foot like this, but this can also happen in the red and purple areas of blue states. This is such an instance.