The communications chair of the Sacramento County Democratic Party apologized Friday after directing vitriol at a staffer for Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke faces sharp backlash from left Dem strategist says South Carolina will be first 'real test' for O'Rourke MSNBC's Scarborough hits O'Rourke on his message: 'It's all goop' MORE (R-Texas) over the defunding of ObamaCare.

Amanda Carpenter, a speechwriter and senior communications adviser to Cruz, tweeted her optimism that the GOP could succeed in stripping funding for the healthcare law in the fight over a continuing resolution.

Allan Brauer, who works as the communications chair for the Democratic Party of Sacramento County, according to the group’s website, responded by saying he hopes her children “all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases.”

Under criticism for the tweet, Brauer was defiant, posting several more attacks on Carpenter.

More than an hour after the original tweet, Brauer continued to lash out at those criticizing him for the original remark.

The tweets soon drew some notice from conservative writers and organizations. Jonah Goldberg of National Review quipped that Brauer’s remarks reflected poorly on Democratic values:

Following his initial defiance and a brief hiatus from Twitter, Brauer returned with an apology.

Carpenter quickly accepted.

— This story was first posted at 1:50 p.m. and has been updated.