Remember earlier this week, when Benjamin Cole, a former spokesman to Congressman Aaron Schock, was forced to resign after a series of offensive racist tweets were uncovered? A similar scandal has embroiled Ethan Czahor, the newly hired Chief Technology Officer for Jeb Bush’s Presidential campaign. At first, Bush tried to keep Czahor on the job, but has since changed his tune, and Czahor has resigned.
Here’s the background: Bush hired Czahor, the founder of Hipster.com, earlier this week. The hire was an effort to bridge the gap between Republicans and Democrats in terms of technology. Czahor will run the digital operations of Bush’s PAC, Right to Rise. All well and good.
Then, yesterday, Buzzfeed broke the news that Czahor had used his personal Twitter account to delete more than 40 tweets that offended a variety of groups, including women and gay men. Among the more offensive ones:
Bush reacted to the tweets via a spokesman, condemning their content but noting that Czahor would stay on the campaign:
Governor Bush believes the comments were inappropriate. They have been deleted at our request. Ethan is a great talent in the tech world and we are very excited to have him on board the Right to Rise PAC.
Now, this was at first. Bush and Czahor have since changed their tune, and in a story that broke late last night, Czahor has resigned. In a statement, the Right to Rise PAC said:
“The Right to Rise PAC accepted Ethan Czahor’s resignation today. While Ethan has apologized for regrettable and insensitive comments, they do not reflect the views of Governor Bush or his organization and it is appropriate for him to step aside. We wish him the best.”
Czahor also tweeted:
Should Czahor have been fired or asked to resign? I can honestly see the argument both ways. If it were me, this is not the values or the voice I’d want associated with my campaign. I get that these tweets were made in the past (they are over five years old), but it’s still not the message you want to carry to a party that is already struggling with its outreach towards women.
On the other hand, you can certainly make the argument that since these tweets are so old, Czahor has grown and matured during that time. To his credit, he did tweet an apology before resigning:
What do you think – fired or not? Let me know in the comments?