Democratic Senate nominee Katie McGinty has apologized to Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey for calling him an “asshole,” saying that she regrets the language she used during an event in Philadelphia earlier Monday.
“I regret the language I used and apologize to Sen. Toomey,” McGinty said in a statement. “Our campaign is about moving Pennsylvania forward and we’re going to continue to talk about the issues that are important to Pennsylvania families.”
McGinty reportedly made the remark during an event in Philadelphia with Chris Shelton, president of the Communications Workers of America.
“‘I’m going to borrow from Chris — Pat Toomey, he’s an a–h—, damnit.’ Katie McGinty riffing off CWA’s Chris Shelton,” read the tweet from The Hill’s Alex Bolton .
McGinty is in Philadelphia participating in events at the Democratic National Convention. She is slated to address the convention Thursday.
Her match up against Toomey is one of the most competitive Senate races in the country, and potentially pivotal in the battle for control of the Senate majority in 2017.
In a tweet, Toomey’s camp said it would refer McGinty to her campaign chairman, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who called the Republican “a man of uncommon decency.”
We would refer @KatieMcGintyPA to her campaign chairman @GovEdRendell, who called Pat Toomey “a man of uncommon decency.” Apology accepted.
— Pat Toomey (@PatToomey) July 25, 2016