NORFOLK — A Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates has apologized after tweeting a derogatory comment about the appearance of House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn that some Democrats said was an antisemitic attack.
The Washington Post reports that Hahns Copeland, who is running to represent the Norfolk-based 89th District, on Friday tweeted a response to a tweet by House Democrats that featured a video of Filler-Corn, who is Jewish, talking about a child care subsidy program.
“I was surprised to see a pair of eyes and a mouth with that NOSE,” Copeland tweeted.
Copeland apologized in another tweet late Friday, calling the earlier tweet “immature and impulsive.”
“It was never intended to be anti-Semitic or reference her ethnicity or religion,” Copeland’s tweet said. He conceded his earlier tweet was “inappropriate and insensitive.”
Democrats said it was an antisemitic attack on Filler-Corn.
Filler-Corn’s staff said Friday that she had not heard directly from Copeland.
Copeland faces Del. Jay Jones, D-Norfolk, in November’s election. The 89th District leans strongly Democratic.