NYC mayoral candidate Dianne Morales
An employee of the Tennessee state authorities is under investigation for allegedly using racist and sexist slurs in a personal message delivered to a New York City mayoral candidate, the Tennessean reported Monday afternoon.
The research stems from some personal Facebook message delivered to Dianne Morales, also a former New York City public school teacher now running to replace Bill de Blasio as the town’s first Afro-Latina mayor. Morales submitted a screenshot of this message onto her Twitter accounts Monday morning. The message was allegedly sent on April 18 by Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development worker John McDaniel,
“I’m always struck by people who feel the necessity to go out of their way to lob threats or insults. Even though the violence is admittedly jarring, it’s also a reminder how far we have to go in the battle for equity and justice.
Pictures of this LinkedIn page were submitted to Twitter by means of Democratic Tennessee House candidate Edward Nelson.
A branch spokesperson on Monday affirmed to the Tennessean which McDaniel now remains employed and”functions with unemployed people to locate job” but noted that he”doesn’t make conclusions on unemployment claims”
“Agency leadership is aware of recent allegations between an employee and they’re investigating the subject,” department spokesperson Chris Cannon told the news outlet. “They will take further action based upon confirmed and/or corroborated facts found during the investigation.”
Law&Crime reached out to Cannon on Tuesday with additional concerns about McDaniel. He explained the following:
The State of Tennessee Code of Conduct says that”employees have a duty to the citizens of this State of Tennessee to behave with integrity and to treat the people we serveour coworkers, and other celebrations together with respect and dignity. Employees need to endeavor to maintain an ethical and professional environment that will enhance the name, service, and basic impression of this Condition in the eyes of the general public.
Mr. McDaniel does not operate in the Agency’s Occupational Safety Division, nor does he make conclusions on unemployment claims. Mr. McDaniel functions with unemployment claimants to assist them locate pathways back to employment through the federal Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment program.
A reporter for the Tennessean also reached McDaniel by phone Monday evening, and McDaniel appeared to indicate he may have been hacked.
When asked if he delivered Morales that the Facebook message, McDaniel told that the paper,”I did not–I am not going to say anything”
When asked if his Facebook accounts had been murdered, he further added,”At this point, I don’t understand.”
[picture via YouTube screengrab]
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