State Politics

Dec 11, 2012 11:22 AM

Lexington Lawmaker Stein Says She'll Apologize For Comment

(AP) - A Lexington lawmaker says she will apologize after calling another legislator a "narrow-minded nimrod" on a social media outlet.

Democratic state Sen. Kathy Stein told the Lexington Herald-Leader that she made the comment on an old blog and thought it would be private, but the commenting system was powered by Facebook and so her post also appeared on her Facebook account.

Her comment about Republican Sen. Mike Wilson of Bowling Green: "This narrow-minded nimrod is now the Chair of the Senate Education Committee - Lord help us."

Included with the blog post was a campaign handout for Wilson that had misspelled the word conservative. It touted Wilson as "firmly standing for conversative values, vision, faith and integrity."

Wilson told the newspaper on Monday that he was looking forward to serving in his new position, but "saddened that Stein will start off with negative discourse like she did."

"It kind of shocked me that she came out with that," he said.

Incoming Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said he was hoping that lawmakers would be more courteous to each other.

"I just found it very interesting that everybody is attempting to try to have a new tone and discourse different from what it has been in past, and she's made a really inappropriate comment," Stivers said. "Being respectful and conciliatory toward other people is something she always complained about, but apparently she has two different yardsticks by which she measures conduct by."

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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