Assemblyman Joseph Cryan, the Democratic State Chairman, issued a statement condemning the "divisive" political comments made by Sen. Gerald Cardinale, and dismissing the Republican senator's post-election explanations as "empty excuses."
During the campaign, Cardinale said his Democratic opponent, Joseph Ariyan, was backed by "those who support terrorism."
Cryan said, "Senator Cardinale's campaign tactics were disgraceful and divisive. Inflammatory rhetoric that demonizes any ethnic, racial or religious community should not be part of any political dialogue. There are no good excuses for smear tactics and no good reasons for hateful language.He should put an end to this and see that it isn't repeated."