Senate candidate tells moderator he's "prettier" than Candy Crowley

Democrat Richard Carmona apologized for a joke about the male moderator

By Jillian Rayfield

Published October 19, 2012 6:58PM (EDT)

 Senate candidate Richard Carmona, D-Ariz.   (Facebook/CarmonaforAZ)
Senate candidate Richard Carmona, D-Ariz. (Facebook/CarmonaforAZ)

Richard Carmona, D-Ariz., apologized for telling a male moderator that he is prettier than Candy Crowley during a debate with his opponent in the Senate race, Republican Rep. Jeff Flake.

During the debate, moderator Brahm Resnik joked: “Geez, now I know how Candy Crowley felt.”

“You’re prettier than her,” said Carmona.

Carmona, whom Flake has accused of having a problem working well with women, said in a statement: "I tried to tell a joke to lighten the mood in a debate. I shouldn't have, and I'm sorry."

Via Buzzfeed.

Jillian Rayfield

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