Two weeks after joining State Sen. Charlie Janssen's gubernatorial campaign, political consultant Jeremy Jensen left the campaign after his use of sexist slang proved as offensive to his new boss as it was to his target.
Janssen, a Fremont Republican, announced Jensen's resignation Friday morning, one day after a World-Herald story detailed Jensen's use of the c-word (slang for female genitalia) in a Facebook attack of State Sen. Danielle Conrad.
“Jeremy and I agree that his comment was offensive and wrong,” Janssen said in a press release. “His conduct in this instance is clearly not reflective of my campaign or my values, and his resignation is appropriate.”
Jensen had attacked Conrad on his Facebook page: “It's one thing for elected officials to disagree with each other. It's quite another to be a flat-out disrespectful c$.”
The posting made its way to Conrad and others in the political world, offending many who read it.
Jensen, 30, had told The World-Herald he should have the right to self-expression. He also said his Facebook posting was private, meant only for his 423 closest friends.
Jensen did not respond immediately to phone calls or emails seeking comment on his departure from Janssen's campaign.
Janssen initially said he would keep Jensen on as a field director for his campaign but would ask him to apologize to Conrad.
Conrad said Friday she had received “no communications from either gentleman.”
She said she “takes no glee or any satisfaction in how these events have played out.” She said she did appreciate an outpouring of support she received after the news report ran.
In his statement Friday, Janssen said he found Jensen's comments both on Facebook and to The World-Herald offensive. He also said: “While Jeremy's most derogatory remark was made prior to his joining my campaign, I am sorry that Senator Conrad and her family had to endure this experience.”
Jensen's posting isn't the only sexist comment lobbed at a female officeholder this election season.
An unidentified group or person was behind a T-shirt depicting Omaha City Councilwoman Jean Stothert as a stripper.
Fellow Councilman Chris Jerram was photographed at a local bar, smiling and holding up the offending shirt. He has since apologized.
Stothert, a Republican and the only woman in a five-way race for mayor, also has been the subject of vulgar and female-specific tweets about her performance on the City Council.
Those responsible for the tweets remain unidentified.
Gov. Dave Heineman, asked for comment, said he hopes the recent incidents are isolated.
“What I've heard is totally inappropriate, and it's not how we conduct campaigns in Nebraska,” he said.
He said he thinks Nebraskans pride themselves on their ability to disagree without getting personal.
“We all work together to find common-sense solutions,” Heineman said.
Staff writers Roseann Moring and Erin Grace contributed to this report.