HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut political leaders are condemning recent online insults and threats aimed at female candidates from both major parties.

Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz (BY’-suh-wits) released a joint statement Tuesday, saying “this harassment must end now.” They called for civility on both sides of the political spectrum.

Senate Democrats gathered in Sprague to show support for state Sen. Cathy Osten, who is Sprague’s first selectman. Commenters on the Connecticut Republican Party’s Facebook page suggested Osten should be shot or knocked out, in response to allegations she drove on someone’s lawn while campaigning.

State GOP Chairman J.R. Romano called the posts “over-the-top and disappointing,” noting they were not from anyone connected with the party.

Republican New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart has recently been subjected to online insults.

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