Craig Spadafora, the Republican candidate for the Middlesex, Mass., and Essex state Senate seat, is doing damage control after learning this week that a comedian hired for his recent birthday party/campaign event referred to Spadafora’s rival — state Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Melrose — as a “whore.”
Craig Spadafora, the Republican candidate for the Middlesex and Essex state Senate seat, is doing damage control after learning this week that a comedian hired for his recent birthday party/campaign event referred to Spadafora’s rival — state Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Melrose — as a “whore.”
In a terse letter from Priti Rao, executive director of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, Spadafora was asked to issue an immediate “disavowal” of the comment made by comedian Lenny Clarke, one of two comedians hired to entertain at the political event on Oct. 15, which was also a celebration of Spadafora’s 37th birthday.
“Mr. Clarke’s remarks, and your tolerance of them, have no place in a campaign, whether as an attempt at humor or otherwise,” Rao said in her letter, written on Wednesday, Oct. 20. “The statement in Mr. Clarke’s ‘act’ was degrading, slanderous, and sexist, and offensive to all men and women who would not tolerate the use of such ugly language about women.”
When contacted Thursday, Spadafora said that he was not present when Clarke made the comments, and only caught the last 15 minutes of Clarke’s act.
“I wasn’t in the room,” Spadafora said. “I didn’t make the comment. If I heard the comment, I probably would have said something.”
Spadafora said a female comedian also performed at the event, going on before Clarke took the stage. During that time, Spadafora said, he left the fundraiser and went downstairs to speak at another event honoring Italian-American sports figures that was also taking place at the restaurant, Anthony’s of Malden.
“Once the girl comedian started, I went downstairs to talk, and see the event that was happening downstairs at the building,” Spadafora said.
Melrose Free Press
AUDIO: Lenny Clare's comments during his routine at the Oct. 15 fundraiser for Craig Spadafora
Editor's note: This audio was made availabe to the Free Press by the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus. When the tape begins, Clarke can be heard using the word "whore," and then goes on to complete the slur against Rep. Katherine Clark.