Karen Housely, a Republican state senator running for a U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota, compared Michelle Obama to a “chimp” in an April 2009 Facebook post, according to a Huffington Post report.
Housley was criticizing the first lady’s posture when she met Queen Elizabeth II and wrote, “Michelle is soooo far from cool. Don’t we expect our First Ladies to at least stand up straight? (And my dear sister, know the proper etiquette and DO NOT TOUCH THE QUEEN!).”
In the comments thread, Housley wrote, “I do miss Nancy Reagan. Ronald even more. Speaking of Bedtime for Bonzo, I think even that chimp stood up straighter than Michelle … Uh-oh, someone is going to make a comment.”
Housley is running against Sen. Tina Smith, a Democrat and Minnesota’s former lieutenant governor appointed her to fill the Senate seat vacated by Al Franken, who resigned in December amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
Smith is leading Housley by 16 percentage points, according to an NBC News poll conducted at the end of September.
In response to a Huffington Post question about whether Housley stood by her Facebook comments, her campaign spokesman Jake Schneider replied with an emailed response that questioned the HuffPost‘s editorial judgment.
“It’s not surprising the Huffington Post—basically an extension of the Democratic Party—would do Tina Smith’s dirty work for her,” Schneider wrote. “This is what the radical left does when they are losing—they attack Republicans so they don’t have to come up with solutions to the problems Minnesotans are facing.”
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