A tweet sent out on Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's Twitter account referred to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as a sexually explicit, derogatory term for women.
NBC 5 political reporter Julie Fine reached out to Miller, who said the tweet was a retweet sent by a staffer that was later removed after someone realized what it said.
“Someone from my campaign retweeted it without reading it closely enough, and did not catch the derogatory term. Right when we found out we took it down," Miller told NBC 5.
The tweet referenced a Pennsylvania Auto Alliance poll showing Republican candidate Donald Trump receiving support from 44 percent of voters and Clinton, refered to as "c---" in the tweet, earning 43 percent support. "Go Trump Go!" the tweet said.
Miller later tweeted an apology for anyone who saw the tweet and added that he found the term "vulgar and offensive."
Gov. Greg Abbott, a fellow Republican, released a statement in response to Miller's tweet: "The language is reprehensible and is an embarrassment. No true Texas gentleman would ever talk this way."
On his Twitter page Miller describes himself not only as the 12th Agriculture Commissioner of Texas, but also as a "deplorable" -- a description Clinton made when describing some of Trump's supporters.
Miller, of Stephenville, has been the state's agriculture commissioner since 2014.
NBC 5's Julie Fine contributed to this report.