NYC mayoral candidate Dianne Morales
A worker of the Tennessee state government is under investigation for allegedly using racist and sexist slurs in a personal message sent to a New York City mayoral candidate, the Tennessean reported Monday afternoon.
The research stems from a personal Facebook message sent to Dianne Morales, a former New York City public school teacher now running to replace Bill de Blasio because the town’s first Afro-Latina mayor. Morales submitted a screenshot of this message on her Twitter account Monday morning. The message was supposedly sent on April 18 by Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development employee John McDaniel,
“I am always struck by those who feel the necessity to really go out of the way to lob risks or insults. Even though the violence is true jarring, it’s also a reminder how far we have to go in the battle for equity and justice. I am not going anyplace,” she wrote and a screenshot of the message from McDaniel that read, in uncensored form,”Dumbass n***** bitch!”
Screenshots of a since-deleted LinkedIn page that appeared to belong to McDaniel stated He had been a Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment Grants (RESEA) planner together with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Photos of this LinkedIn page were submitted to Twitter by means of Democratic Tennessee House candidate Edward Nelson.
A branch spokesperson on Monday confirmed to the Tennessean that McDaniel now stays employed and”works with unemployed people to locate job” but said that he”does not make conclusions on unemployment claims”
“Agency leadership is aware of recent allegations involving a worker and they are investigating the matter,” department spokesperson Chris Cannon told the news outlet. “They will take further action depending upon confirmed and/or corroborated facts discovered during the analysis.”
Law&Crime achieved to Cannon on Tuesday with added questions regarding McDaniel, however we did not receive a reply by press time.
A reporter for the Tennessean also reached McDaniel by telephone Monday evening, and McDaniel appeared to suggest he could have been hacked.
When asked if he sent Morales the Facebook message, McDaniel told the paper,”I didn’t –I am not going to mention anything”
When asked if his FB account had been hacked, he added,”At this stage, I don’t know.”
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