Jeb Bush Aide Resigns Because of Insensitive Tweets, Comments

By Julissa Catalan


Ethan Czahor, chief technology officer for Jeb Bush’s Right to Rise committee, announced his resignation just days after accepting the role after some controversial tweets surfaced.

“The Right to Rise PAC accepted Ethan Czahor’s resignation today,” Kristy Campbell, a representative for Bush, said in a statement. “While Ethan has apologized for regrettable and insensitive comments, they do not reflect the views of Governor Bush or his organization and it is appropriate for him to step aside. We wish him the best.”

In tweets dating back to 2009, Czahor made derogatory and offensive comments about women and gay men.

Czahor deleted the inappropriate tweets after Bush offered him a position, but BuzzFeed was able to capture screenshots beforehand.

The techie’s tweet count went from 177 to 132 after he deleted posts including:

“New study confirms old belief: college female art majors are sluts, science majors are also sluts but uglier.”

“Most people don’t know that ‘Halloween’ is German for ‘night that girls with low-self esteem dress like sluts.’

“When I burp in the gym, I feel it’s my way of saying. ‘Sorry guys, but I’m not gay.’

“The Golds Gym in San Francisco has a wide selection of free weights, machines, and men who undress you with their eyes while you work out.”

Czahor even posted about his Twitter cleanse, saying:

Initially, Czahor was expected to keep his job, with a Bush spokesperson telling BuzzFeed, “Governor Bush believes the comments were inappropriate” and the tweets were deleted at his request, but “Ethan is a great talent in the tech world and we are very excited to have him on board the Right to Rise PAC.”

But then remarks from a January 2008 college-radio show surfaced.

Prior to starting Hipster.com, Czahor hosted “The Ethan Show” at East Stroudsburg University. Recordings from the show included more disparaging comments from Czahorand this time they were racist.

On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Blacks, Czahor said:

“First of all, Martin Luther King Jr. was a well-dressed, extremely well-spoken man; he didn’t have his pants sagged to his ankles, and he wasn’t delivering his speech in ‘jibberish’ or ‘slang’ (i.e., he wasn’t speaking like a rapper). He understood that looking respectable and speaking clearly and concisely isn’t a trait of white menit’s a trait of intelligent men.

“He also understood that, while slavery was a terrible practice and certainly a blemish on America’s rsum, America is still the greatest country in the world. He doesn’t dwell on the negative past; instead, he urges all (not just Black) Americans to look forward. In other words, he doesn’t drone on about every little problem a Black person has faced in their life; and then suggested solutions such as: Blacks need more money (i.e., welfare programs) or more racial-based preferences (i.e., quotas) in the workplace.”

Czahor announced his resignation on Tuesday via yep, you guessed it, a tweet.

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