PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has apologized to Cranston Mayor Allan Fung for a crude tweet sent by a Providence city employee.

Elorza, a Democrat, said Thursday he also told Fung, a Republican, that Kevin Aherne no longer works for the city.

Aherne was a communications director in Providence's planning department. Screenshots posted on Twitter, including one by Fung , show a Tuesday tweet in which Aherne accuses Fung and Cranston police of criminalizing poverty, adding a crude play on words with the mayor's name.

The tweet showed an officer apparently speaking to panhandlers, but Aherne mistook a Warwick cruiser for one from Cranston.

Aherne deleted his Twitter account and confirmed to WPRI-TV he was resigning over the tweet, but declined to discuss it further.

Fung tweeted to Elorza that it wasn't a Cranston cruiser, with #HeardBetterSlamsFromA5thGrader.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.