California Dem apologies for death rant on family of Cruz staffer

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., July 24, 2013.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., July 24, 2013.  (AP)

A California Democrat has apologized for personal rants against a staffer of Sen. Ted Cruz, after she expressed optimism her boss and other congressional Republicans could defund “ObamaCare.”   

The Twitter attack on Amanda Carpenter, a Cruz speechwriter and communications adviser, occurred the same day House Republicans voted to fund the entire federal budget expect for ObamaCare.

And it began after she tweeted that Capitol Hill Republicans could defund the law, riding the momentum of having defeating gun-control legislation and at least slowing President Obama’s plans for immigration reform and launching a military strike on Syria.

“May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases,” Allen Brauer, the communications chairman for the Sacramento County Democratic Party, tweeted in response.

Brauer kept up the attack for more than an hour, after some apparent backlash from his comments, before offering an apology that Carpenter, who immediately accepted.  

“I'm being attacked on Twitter for wishing one of Ted Cruz's pubic lice to experience the pain her boss is inflicting on Americans,” Brauer tweeted before apologizing. “Yes, your party takes bread from the mouths of starving children and medicine from the sick, and I'm the problem. Got it."

He finally relented by mid-afternoon by posting: “I am truly sorry for my tweet. I was very upset and lashed out. Your kids are not fair game either. My apologies."

Carpenter tweeted: "Thank you. I appreciate it."

Amid the exchange, Cruz suggested Senate Republicans try to counter Majority Leader Harry Reid should he try procedural “gimmicks” to restore funding by standing together in opposition, which has been interpreted as a call to filibuster.