Tea Party Craziness on Campaign Trail: Dem. Sen. Murray ‘Ought to be Shot’
August 12, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The extremism of tea party candidates is providing for a political climate leading up to the mid-term elections, of incendiary and violent laden rhetoric. Dino Rossi, the establishment senatorial Republican, primary candidate from Washington State, is hardly a moderate, but he continually comes face-to-face with far, far right extremist supporters of Clint Didier, the tea party Sarah Palin-backed candidate, who is battling against a “Marxist utopia.” A recent town hall meeting brought the schizophrenia of the Republican Party to a head, when an attendee suggested physical harm should come to Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, because the woman disagreed with Murray’s policies.
The Seattle Times reported on the confrontation:
“At a breakfast hosted by the Spokane GOP, the party faithful peppered Rossi with pointed questions. Are you a RINO — a Republican in name only? How pro-life are you, really? And, most directly: Why vote for you and not Clint Didier, the tea-party favorite also in the race?” [...]
“Rossi has met privately with tea-party groups around the state, and has signed the tea party’s Contract From America. But Dann Selle, a tea-party leader in Spokane, says Rossi retains the “stink of establishment. Didier doesn’t. Didier comes across as down to earth.” The partisan anger that Didier has tapped was heard at a business round-table lunch in Spokane.”
And then a seemingly normal looking woman stood up to propose shooting Sen. Murray:
“One woman, the owner of two gyms and a temporary-employment agency, was venting about a pro-union bill supported by Murray when she blurted out: “She ought to be shot. Murray and (Sen. Maria) Cantwell ought to be shot.”
“Rossi quickly pointed out a reporter in the room, and then said, “That’s not really what you meant.” The businesswoman quickly agreed: “I didn’t mean that.”
To Rossi’s credit, he quickly shut down the talk of shooting an elected official, but just barely. Notice, he warned the woman of the presence of the reporter, but he said nothing expressing disapproval of her violent-laden remarks.
Incendiary language in an overheated political climate, encouraged by Republican lawmakers, has already led to a deranged constituent making death threats against Murray. Charles Alan Wilson, 64, a resident of Selah, Washington, angry over the passage of healthcare reform was arrested in April for leaving numerous voice mails threatening to kill Murray.
“According to the criminal complaint, between March 22 and April 4, 2010, WILSON called Senator Patty Murray’s office on multiple occasions leaving expletive laden threatening messages. WILSON stated that Senator Murray “had a target on her back.” WILSON stated, “I want to (expletive) kill you.” WILSON discussed assisting others in an attempt to kill the senator. WILSON’s threats were in response to the passage of the Health Care Reform Act.”
In February, a Washington State tea party speaker told an unruly crowd attending a rally that she wanted Sen. Murray to be hanged, because of the lawmaker’s support for healthcare reform.
It’s scary out there.