Miller later blamed a “third-party vendor” for the tweet and said the person responsible would be “terminated and removed from any involvement with me or my campaign forever,” according to a report in the Austin American-Statesman. Spokesman Todd Smith originally told reporters Miller’s account was hacked.
The story recirculated on Tuesday when Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) put two-and-two together about Miller:
Miller apologized for the tweet in a letter to colleagues.
“I have the utmost respect for my fellow man, men and women alike. I do not, nor have I ever engaged in this type of undignified behavior. I am embarrassed and saddened that it happened,” the letter stated, according to the American-Statesman. “As a God fearing Christian, a man of faith, and a proud Texas gentleman I would never do anything to dishonor our great state or the Texas Department of Agriculture.”