There's an unprecedented social media battle brewing between New York State Senator Joseph Griffo and Governor Andrew Cuomo's Chief of Staff, Melissa DeRosa.

The battle started when WCNY's Susan Arbetter tweeted out that Senator Griffo would be


It seems that Griffo's line, "Your father taught you better," struck a nerve for DeRosa which prompted her to claim the comment was sexist.

DeRosa tweeting to Griffo: 

  • "But condescending sexism is a 1 way street? Would you ever speak to bill Mulrow or Rob Mujica that way?"
  • "In a million years would a male senator ever ask about another man's father's approval?"
  • "It's father may be proud of me but I don't ask his permission when I open my mouth."

The tweeting battle didn't end there. Plenty of Twitter followers jumped in on the conversation, many of whom felt that the Griffo comment did indeed cross the line.  Others took Griffo's side.

So what do you think?  Was Senator Griffo being sexist?  Would he make the same comment to a younger male staff member? Should the Governor's Chief of Staff afford an elected State Senator a certain degree of respect? WIBX's "First News with Keeler" will speak with Senator Griffo on Friday morning to discuss the topic. An invitation has also been sent out to Melissa DeRosa.  
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