McKenna campaign apologizes for tweets

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Rob McKenna's gubernatorial campaign issued an apology Monday after an anti-Asian tweet sent by a campaign staffer was discovered.

The tweet, sent from Kathlyn Ehl's Twitter account, read "shut up and speak english #asians (sic)." Ehl sent the tweet in January, before she started working for McKenna as a policy assistant.

She apparently deleted the tweet, and several others, though a cached version of it remained visible through Google search.

The tweet was first reported by The Stranger, which also cited another tweet from Ehl in which she complained about an elderly pedestrian she encountered.

McKenna's full response, as released Monday afternoon:

The tweets sent by a member of my campaign staff, Kathlyn Ehl, which were reported today were offensive and inappropriate.  I am glad to see that she has apologized for her actions.

 

The fact that she made the comments before joining my campaign does not make them any less hurtful to Asian Americans and the elderly. They were insensitive and wrong regardless of their context.

 

She has done the right thing by apologizing.  I am hopeful that she has learned a humbling lesson that will give her greater perspective about having charity in her heart when considering the challenges faced by others.