Deb Morrow, a Democratic candidate for Congress, has denied she tweeted that South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy is “the homo lover” of Senator Lindsey Graham.

Morrow, who is running against Gowdy, a Republican, for the 4th U.S. Congressional seat, closed her Morrow4Congress Twitter account after two messages concerning her rival's sexual orientation were posted, Columbia alternative weekly the Free Times reported.

One tweet read “@TGowdySC is a Homo,” while the second called Gowdy “the homo lover” of Graham, a Republican, then added, “Just sayin'.”

A spokesman for Gowdy declined to comment on the messages when asked by the Easley, Patch.

Morrow told the Free Times that she did not post the tweets, adding that only a handful of people had access to the account, including a former staffer.

Morrow, who said campaign staffers maintained the account, called the tweets silly: “We're Democrats. I just wouldn't consider calling anybody a homosexual a bad thing. It just wouldn't be something that we would say. We're all for human rights and civil rights and everything.”

“I believe that the Twitter account was hacked and the tweet was posted by no person that at any time had anything to do with the campaign,” Morrow said. “We will not be tweeting anymore.”

In 2010, Graham denied rumors he's gay, telling The New York Times, “I know it's really gonna upset a lot of gay men – I'm sure hundreds of 'em are gonna be jumping off the Golden Gate bridge – but I ain't available. I ain't gay. Sorry.”

Gowdy has previously compared gay relationships to incest and polygamy.