Republicans and Democrats came to the defense of House Minority Leader Themis Klarides Thursday after Republican U.S. Senate candidate August Wolf, insulted the Republican leader on Twitter.
Wolf, who didn’t receive enough support at Monday’s Republican convention to automatically primary, has been hurling insults at Republicans since failing to get 15 percent of the delegate support needed to qualify.
Klarides nominated state Rep. Dan Carter of Bethel at the convention. Carter walked away with the party’s endorsement Monday after getting into the race a month ago.
On Thursday, Wolf, who has promised to collected the 8.079 signatures he needs to primary, posted a photo of Klarides in a bikini from her WWE ring girl days with the comment: ““And this makes you QUALIFIED @RepTKlarides? #softcorepolitician.”
House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, shot back with his own Tweet.
“Misogyny a disqualifier for any candidate of any party & @AugustWolfCT has just disqualified himself from representing CT in US Sen.”
On Facebook, Republicans started a meme with the hashtag #StandwithThemis.
“Let there be no doubt that CT Republicans made the right choice on Monday after the despicable conduct of earlier today,” Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst wrote.
Roderick Wyant wrote that “Mr Wolf’s behavior after his defeat at the convention shows he is totally unfit to be a United States Senator.”
On Wednesday, Wolf came to the state Capitol to complain about the convention process.
“Insiders picked the nominee and manipulated the process further by denying me a space on the ballot,” Wolf said.