Democratic Official Allan Brauer Wishes Death on Ted Cruz Aide's Children

Brauer serves as communications chair for Sacramento Democratic Party

Allan Brauer's tweet
Allan Brauer's tweet
September 20, 2013

Allan Brauer, the communications chair for the Democratic Party of Sacramento, Calif., told an aide to Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Tex.) on Friday that he hoped her children "die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases."

He followed up the attack with a series of vicious tweets:

Brauer’s twitter bio says his tweets are "my own, not on behalf of any organization with which I work."

A request for comment from the Sacramento Democratic Party was not returned.

Update: Under pressure for his incendiary tweets, Brauer apologized for wishing that the children of a political rival died a horrible death:

Update (2:13 p.m.): The California Democratic Party spokesman Tenoch Flores said "the problem" with attacks like wishing a painful death on the children of a political staffer is that it lets people like Sen. Ted Cruz "off the hook," in a statement to Yahoo's Chris Moody:

"The problem with this kind of rhetoric is that it lets fringe characters—those who are actively trying to shut down the government—like Ted Cruz, off the hook. It's never acceptable to wish physical harm against political opponents, regardless of how objectionable their policy priorities are."