WOODBRIDGE >> A town Democrat has raised the ire of many with her comments on Facebook calling state Sen. George Logan a “token black” Republican and labeling the GOP as “the party of rich white fat guys in suits.”

But the woman who made the comments said they came from her frustration over what is going on in Washington, not on the local level, and that attempts to paint her as a racist are ridiculous.

The remarks by Dr. Cheryl Sackler, a veterinarian who owns and operates Beacon Falls Animal Hospital, drew condemnation from both sides of aisle, with top state lawmakers saying the comments were racist and inappropriate.

“In this era of heightened political insensitivity, there is no place at the national or local level to use race, religion sexual orientation or economic status as a barometer of an individual’s worth,” state Senate Pro Tem Martin Looney, D-New Haven, said in a statement released Monday on the posting. “These types of statements directed at Senator Logan are just wrong — regardless of party — and do not belong in our public discourse.”

Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano, R-North Haven, also called Sackler’s words “bigotry” and said both parties “must condemn bigotry in unity.

“The Senate Republican Caucus appreciates Senator Looney’s statement condemning the completely unacceptable comments directed toward state Senator George Logan,” Fasano said in a release. “No one should be judged or measured based on their race, religion, or sexual orientation.”

Sackler said she is upset about what is going on in Washington since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, especially on issues affecting animals. It was from that frustration that the comments came, she said, not from anything concerning the local level. But because of those comments, there now are efforts to attack not only herself but her business, she said.

“I’m very, very sorry for what I said. It was a moment of anger, mostly about the national situation with not much to do about the local situation,” Sackler said. “I’m very upset about what’s going on nationally in the Republican Party, and I said things about a local race that I should not have said. But I don’t think trying to destroy me and my practice is a very nice thing to do.”

Unlike most municipalities, Woodbridge holds its municipal elections in May rather than November, and this year residents will vote for local leaders on May 1. The Republican ticket, led by Selectman Tony Anastasio, includes only white men, while the Democratic ticket, head by Deputy First Selectman Beth Heller, includes women and men.

“The Democratic Party prides itself on its diversity and inclusiveness, and these comments do not reflect our party’s values,” said Woodbridge Democratic Town Committee Chairman Karen Talamelli Cusick.

But in a Facebook posting, Sackler wrote: “GOP. Party of rich fat white guys in suits. GOP means greed over people. I used to overlook party affiliation at the local level. Not anymore,” adding that all four Republicans running for office are “rich white guys in suits.”

When others responded that Republican state Sen. George Logan is black, she wrote, “Token black Republican — I’m sure he’s a nice enough guy.”

Logan, who couldn’t be reached Monday, defeated longtime Democratic state Sen. Joseph Crisco last fall, and Crisco is now running for the Board of Selectmen in Woodbridge on Heller’s ticket.

“What I pointed out was the Democrats have someone of color — two men and two women — there’s some diversity there,” she said. “So I pointed out that they were all white and they acted like I called them something terrible.”

Still, she said, she regrets wading in to the political controversy, and said it’s her last time commenting on politics. She has deleted her social media accounts, she said, and plans to never comment on politics again.

“It was a stupid comment and it was just reacting because when you look at the poster (of the Woodbridge Republican candidates) it’s all white men, and I was just pointing that out,” Sackler said. “I’m the last person in the world who would be prejudice. I’ve had refugees living in my house — people of color have stayed here. I’ve had every ethnicity and people of every color living in my house over the years and I don’t know how that could be interpreted as being racially insensitive.”

She said she is pleased a black man is among the Republicans serving in the state Senate. “I was happy he was black because at least we have some black representation,” she said.

That reaction far outweighs the offense, Sackler said. “They have made me into this horrible criminal that said terrible things,” she said. “They are trying to destroy a local business because they didn’t like what I said.”

But Fasano said, “We must condemn bigotry in unity. This is an issue where Republicans and Democrats in Connecticut can and will stand together.”

“The prejudice seen in certain comments posted on Facebook are inexcusable,” he said.

Sackler said her anger stems from actions taken by the Trump administration such as rollbacks of U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations of puppy mills. Previously, stores that sell puppies could access a registry of puppy mills online when checking where the pups came from, but after Trump took office that registry was taken offline making it impossible for pet store owners to know whether a dog came from a puppy mill unless they make a written request.

Another congressional action taken since Trump’s inauguration allows hunters to lure sleeping bears out of dens to shoot them, and allows use of steel-jawed leg-hold traps on national preserves.

“They’re shooting bears in their dens, they’re taking away the USDA regulations on puppy mills that we worked so hard to get that done. The disrespect they show for animals is just phenomenal,” Sackler said. “Do the local Republicans support the shooting of bears in their dens and the taking away the protections of puppy mills?

“I apologize for hurting anyone’s feelings. It has nothing to do with the local race and everything to do with what I feel about what the Republicans are doing, particularly in the sphere of animals,” she said. “I said some things I regret and now they are trying to destroy me, which seems a bit vindictive.”

Now she is just hoping to be able to continue on caring for animals. “I feel like I’m living a nightmare I’ll never wake up from,” she said. “I’m just a local person, I’ve deleted everything and I’ll never make a comment again, I will never take part in politics again.”