HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- There is more fallout over a campaign post on social media.

A candidate for State Senate said he fired his campaign manager after her a post on Twitter was condemned for being anti-Semitic.

The tweet was sent by Bill Wadsworth’s campaign manager, Nicole Palmieri.

Wadsworth is a Republican candidate for Senate in the fifth district.

He has apologized, but the problem hasn’t gone away.

"By using a photo of two legislators, who are open about their Jewish lineage, and using the term “money grabbing” you cross the line from being a campaign issue or a policy issue to a Jewish stereotype of being money hungry,” said Michael Bloom of the state’s Jewish Federation Association.

Derek Slap, the Democratic candidate for State Senate, was the target of the tweet.

"I think it was in poor taste. If it didn't cross the line, it got very, very close to it,” Slap said.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, who is pictured with Slap in the tweet, said he is also offended.

"The code words and the images that are sometimes used in expressing racial religious bigotry have no place in Connecticut’s discourse,” Blumenthal said.

Wadsworth said he didn’t see the tweet until after it was sent, and he has since fired his campaign manager.

"As soon as I heard about it I knew it was something I wouldn't condone and it was terribly wrong to do,” Wadsworth said.

Another Jewish candidate who ran for State Senate was also the target of what some considered to be an anti-Semitic campaign mailer.

Matt Lesser, a Democrat, was deeply offended by an image that caused his Republican challenger to pull the mailer and apologize.

"I do think people need to be sensitive about it. Our national politics are so divisive, and we don't want that here in Connecticut,” Slap said.

Channel 3 reached out to Nicole Palmieri who sent this statement:

The intent of my tweet was to draw a political contrast between my candidate and Mr. Slap during the final days of the campaign. I’m sickened at the implication that this tweet was motivated by any racial or religious bias. And I am saddened that people would rush to such judgement and believe that I would engage in such hurtful and awful speech. I am someone who has openly embraced people of all races, religions, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds during my life and I will continue to do so. I hope we can move forward and focus on the important issues that are facing Connecticut.

Stay with Channel 3 for updates. 

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This looks like a fare reaching accusation. If someone is "money grabbing" and you call them on it, that is not anti-semantic. People of many races are money grabbers.
So just saying the campaign manger is anti-semantic, is in fact, Channel 3 proving that they themselves are anti-semantic. Where are the complaints against Channel 3? Sounds very bias or FAKE NEWS.

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