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Posted at 1:15 PM ET, 01/12/2011

Some Arizona Republican party officials resign after Tucson shooting

By Emi Kolawole

While federal lawmakers debate how best to increase safety for themselves and their staff, some Arizona Republican party officials are choosing to leave office in the face of threats.

A conflict that has been going on between local Arizona Republicans came to an end in the wake of the shooting in Tucson on Saturday when Arizona's Republican District 20 Chairman Anthony Miller and several others chose to resign.

The Arizona Republic reports that Miller, 43, a former campaign worker for Sen.John McCain who was re-elected to a second one-year term last month, has been concerned for his family's safety by constant verbal attacks and blog posts from some local committee members with tea party movement ties.

Miller told the state Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen via e-mail that he was quitting. "Today my wife of 20 yrs ask [sic] me do I think that my PCs (Precinct Committee members) will shoot at our home? So with this being said I am stepping down from LD20GOP Chairman...I will make a full statement on Monday."

Miller, the first and only African-American to hold the party's precinct chairmanship, said he had been called "McCain's boy," and that, during a speech, a member of the audience made the symbol of a gun with his hand and pointed it at him. "I wasn't going to resign but decided to quit after what happened Saturday," Miller said. "I love the Republican Party but I don't want to take a bullet for anyone."

Miller is not alone. The newly-elected Dist. 20 Republican secretary, Sophia Johnson, first vice chairman Roger Dickinson, and former district spokesman Jeff Kolb, also quit.

"This singular focus on 'getting' Anthony [Miller] was one of the main reasons I chose to resign," Kolb said in an e-mail to another party activist.

"It's too bad," said Sen. John McComish. "He didn't deserve to be hounded out of office."

(Source: The Arizona Republic)

By Emi Kolawole  | January 12, 2011; 1:15 PM ET
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Comments

Odd isn't it a man shot in this tragedy confronts a teabagger and is arrested is dragged off for a mental evaluation". Hmm did they miss anyone for evaluation prior to this I would ask?
And all the time wasted praying, lighting candles and all, the attendant bull while nothing of substance will happen to change a gun law, maybe if republican politicians are shot a message will be sent for some substantial enactment of laws will occur?
Arizona home of denial of medical transplants to the dying, reservations of native americans living in poverty not to mention their slaughter 200 years ago.
Gee a place I would sure want to retire to.NOT.

Posted by: gogatorsgo | January 17, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

The causes of this tragedy:
Right wing vitriol in election campaigns and talk radio and politics.
The IQ of the American gun owners and repub base 38 caliber.
The sad lack of mental health care and freedom of the lunatics to purchase weapons, see Arizona and Virginia.
The tea party wanting to take the country back, to what, the roaring 20's and Boss Tweed and the "honesty of politicos" then? The Deadwood and Dodge City days of slaughtering the redman, the '40's of McCarthyism? Face it this country has NEVER in any era honored what the Constitution and Declaration of Independence have stood for. The right wing has always believed in violence, persecution of someone or controlling all the wealth are the answers to any problem.The more money you have the more freedom and justice you can buy, the republican creed of greed.

Posted by: gogatorsgo | January 17, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I have heard the Arizona local talk radio righties, they make Limbaugh sound like a moderate.

Posted by: mcafla | January 14, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Would those "peace loving" TPers now like to apologize for saying they are not rascists and potentially violent? What a bunch of sick pric@s

Posted by: Chops2 | January 13, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

The Blood Libel that Sarah Palin brought up..

Will not come from the Non-Right

IT will happen all in the Republican Party.

The ire of the TP Threats is very high within the GOP.

It will be a circular firing squad and it will be as epic as the Civil War.

Conservatives fighting Conservatives to determine who is more Correctly Conservative.

At the same time provoking every one else to participate in the fight...

Meaning that everyone else is to the TP is the LEFT.

FWIW I will just watch and take score.

Posted by: pdq5 | January 13, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

For those saying the 'left' is playing with inciting violence by their criticism of the rhetoric of the 'right'
.
do remember that your argument proves the point of the 'left'. If the 'left' is doing it with mere criticism, how does "second amendment remedies" and "don't retreat, reload" stack up?

Posted by: rpixley220 | January 13, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Author;

Maybe shoot a copy over to C. Krauthammer.

Yesterday's apology for NeoCons left out the part where Arizona wasn't just "any place", and it was a singular oddity that someone finally broke, as Loughner did.

This Article paints a scenario that apparently Krauthammer elects to ignore, or just is too ignorant to understand the "environment" of Arizona.

If you were to ask Krauthammer, he's all "ballons and baseball and apple pie, nothing to see here in Arizona."

correct that error, please, between the two of you.

You see it can't be simultanously dangerous and safe.

that's just moronic.

let me know how much pee ends up in Krauthammer's whitie-tighties, m'kay?

Posted by: pgibson1 | January 13, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

It sounds like the Terrorist tactics of the Tea Party extremist are working. How much proof do we need that this group is on the fringe and should be ostracized?

Posted by: koygdb | January 13, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Since day one of this shooting -the world, through the power of the internet, is watching events unfold -From first reports in the street where the insane act took place, through the Hospital spokesperson and beyond to Washington and the White House, with all the blogs and comments on route.

From this tragic and sad event, it is becoming fascinating how America is searching its soul and dealing with it in its different ways -from the opposite ends of the political spectrum.

The two main protagonists -from outside of Tucson, Arizona, who have emerged, one through a sense of duty, the other 'forced' so to speak from the rhetoric of the media and bloggers, are The President and the Tea Party Leader -Sarah Palin.

From where I stand on the other side of the pond -or rather 'sit' in front of my computer -checking out the myriad of video clips which have come to dominate my screen, The President -and I have my doubts about his ability in some areas of policy and 'executive handling' of those policies -however, when the chips are down, always seems to say the right thing -express what turns out to be at the heart of the people's sentiment re this particular turmoil which is going on in the debate that has since ensued.
He doesn't 'do' blame, and has a steadying hand on the ship.
It's a pity he can't show the same degree of positivism when dealing with day to day issues. For all that, one has to admire him today.

Posted by: mickpenning | January 13, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Just note where the threats are coming from - not from the "liberals," but from those who are even farther to the right. The Republican Party has brought this upon themselves, by stoking fear and in its consistent use of inflamatory speech. Now all of us have to bear the consequeces, including them. Boehner's comment is insipid and stupid - we can have civil discourse, even heated disagreements, without using this kind of imagery and language. Obama, in this case, was "on spot."

Posted by: garoth | January 13, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I would love for one of these tea partiers to get in my face with threats. I'd provide what they so deserve - a knuckle sandwich and a kick in the groin.


Posted by: ScottChallenger | January 13, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I would love for one of these tea partiers to get in my face with threats. I'd provide what they so deserve - a knuckle sandwich and a kick in the groin.


Posted by: ScottChallenger | January 13, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Yes there may be another victim here. Fewer politicians willing to meet with the public.
Oh, they will still meet with groups of supporters. Who will only tell them what they want to hear.

Posted by: WDRussell | January 13, 2011 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Reading these comments, it's amazing how
provential and paranoid the far left really is. Rassmussen Reports new poll said registered "Republicans" have now surpassed registered "Dems" 37-34. The
far left has pulled the party way to far left and people are exiting the democratic
party in droves. The unfair reaction by the Progressive journalists regarding blaming Palin, et al, will drive more
to the "Repulican Party" Your democratic party is falling apart because it no longer represents mainstream America.

Posted by: pgreer1
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Anyone who quotes the Rasmussen report probably also believes Fox News is "fair and balanced:

Posted by: areyousaying | January 13, 2011 8:54 AM | Report abuse

With crazies everywhere trying to take revenge like out of control mobs, and forcing people out of office, our Republic is suffering more damage than from another 9/11.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department revealed that among the writings that 22-year-old Loughner left behind in his home were documents he may have intended for investigators to find, including a paper that contained the phrase "Die bit--ch" and another that read "f--- you pigs."

These expressions are of the left wing not the conservatives that support law enforcement.

One thing is clear, Sarah Palin was viciously libeled and scapegoated and these things go together like rat poison and rats.

The President said it best and it was delicious irony to see the Sheriff of Pima County applauding wildly during this part of the President's speech, when he was the number one scapegoater, this time of Rush Limbaugh, of all.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | January 13, 2011 5:19 AM | Report abuse

Sharon Angle and Sarah Palin are both defending their mean spirited threatening words of violence, their ignorant call for aggression, painting targets on people and then when those people are murdered all these shrill, crotchety evil hearted women can do is defend their antagonist hate filled words? no remorse? where is the apology? where are the regrets? wow, these women are domestic terrorists, they should both be in a jail cell and be made to repent.
A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act ""dangerous to human life"" that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to: (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion.

Posted by: Hillary08 | January 13, 2011 5:09 AM | Report abuse

You all lie with conviction republicans and democrats but have no courage or honor. People are tired of our own dying and being trashed for illegals and terrorist. Obama is the cause with his constant liberal views on right and wrong. These idiots need to know that their is people on the edge and over the edge with mental disease and haters. Restore truth, pride and gain honor back for the government.

Posted by: famousfatman | January 13, 2011 4:18 AM | Report abuse

Arizona is full of bigoted white trailer park types.

Posted by: AsperGirl | January 12, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

If he was involved with McCain, then I say, good riddance.

Posted by: Kansasgirl | January 12, 2011 9:36 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Committee chair, Mr. Miller was getting threats from teabagger members, not from the left. I guess the Tea party are showing themselves to be the violent ones when they are the ones threatening their own.

Posted by: alaskan2 | January 12, 2011 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I guess I have to say that if a person does not believe that the cause they fight for is worth dying for they should resign.
Politics is a calling and demands a great deal of sacrifice. I respect Mr. Miller's decision. I hope he finds something in his life that is worth dying for.
I also hope that more politicians will reevaluate whether they are willing to give everything for what they believe the rest of us should do as a result of their lawmaking. If more would do so the cream would begin to rise to the top and we might have some real choices in elections in the coming years.

Posted by: tjcoop3 | January 12, 2011 8:59 PM | Report abuse

I can't imagine any Republican actually believing the hateful rhetoric that followed this tragedy, from the left. The chances of another violent incident, in Arizona are slim to none. There are only so many nut cases out there who are willing to do this sort of thing and I'm sure that none of them belong to the tea party.

I hope that our political parties can find a way to get beyond the hate filled stories of the past 3 days, and learn to communicate with each other. I hope the people that have fostered this hate, take the time to step back and figure out why it was so wrong to blame speech for the crimes committed by a mental ill person.

Posted by: bflat879 | January 12, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

The accusations of liberals towards Tea Party advocates is getting boring. You seem to be of the same opinion as one of your fearless leaders,
Posted by: wwwilins | January 12, 2011 7:39 PM

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Have you gone to any sites and read some of the comments posted? Try visiting Fox News and read what people are posting there. In fact, so far it seems some Republicans and those on the right continue to escalate the negativity and hateful rhetoric. Perhaps it is time for people to just read what some people are thinking and feeling and be honest with yourself on how scary some of these comments are.

Posted by: catmomtx | January 12, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse

A friend sent me this today, from Tucson. I always think it's important to know what the local population thinks about shattering events. I'd agree that Jarred Lee Loughner deserves all the guilt for his political assassination in Tucson.
I think people who have mentioned him & the comments of some folks, like Sarah Palin, or Sharon Angle, believe the terminology, used by them, like: "Don't Retreat! Reload1" or "Lock & Load!" or "[the use of] Second Amendment options to quench their frustration w/politics, aren't connected to the use of knives or slingshots.
Trying to change what the image on her website meant, distancing herself from "cross-hairs," as on a rifle, & the kind of commentary surrounding her political speeches, Palin clearly connected her rhetoric to people using guns. Sharon Angle, too.
Jarred Lee Loughner didn't stab anyone. He used a gun, & had 90 rounds at hand to kill as many as he could.
"The following editorial currently running daily on KVOI 1030AM in the Deniis Prager Show, filling in for regular commentator Bruce Ash.
"One quote I haven't seen elsewhere. For those who find our current times too toxic, please recall that Theodore Roosevelt was once shot during a speech. He dressed the wound, proceeded and later said:
'"I did not care a rap for being shot. It is a trade risk, which every prominent public man ought to accept as a matter of course."'
"Now the editorial.
From KVOI-1030-AM Radio, In Tucson
"THE GOOD , THE BAD, AND THE UGLY
"The ugly is obvious. The deranged perp Jerold (sic) Loughner who shot Congresswoman Giffords and murdered six others. He alone is responsible for his actions. Attempts to use his vile act to attack political opponents ignore that he was part of no coherent political philosophy or group and unlike almost every other political assassin from Boothe to Oswald he planned to murder as many innocent bystanders as possible. One could make a better case than many have done by claiming that he was possessed. Note the media’s total avoidance of the word “evil”.
"The bad consists of a host of bottom feeding politicians, using the incident to grab TV face time and promote their long-standing agendas by warping or ignoring facts and replacing them with half-baked theories. Will we see a new legal concept born to join the Twinkie that claims Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck made me do it? Will those condemning “vitriolic” speech hysterically and hypocritically continue to use it?
"And the good. Beyond the innocent victims, beyond the heroic actions of the bystanders who stopped and subdued Loughner, those who labored to build an emergency response system for this area need our attention and our thanks. Multiple agencies heroically responded in record time and with maximum co-operation saving lives and deserve our respect and thanks.
"This tragedy gives our community much to be proud of that ultimately transcends blathering partisans and the act of a single lunatic."
>

Posted by: zennheadd | January 12, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

The accusations of liberals towards Tea Party advocates is getting boring. You seem to be of the same opinion as one of your fearless leaders, Harry Reid. Be advised Tea Party principles are not going away. A desire for limited government and not a nanny state should be everyone's dream. Imagine the freedom to excel based on your efforts in lieu of the chains of entitlement enslavement. Imagine a nation where people are deemed adult enough to accept responsibility for themselves. Dreams are still allowed, just don't let your dreams be limited by what the government allows you to have.

Posted by: wwwilins | January 12, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

2011, the year the Tea Party implodes. When to give harbor to racists, right wing extremists and yokels.

Posted by: Mighty7 | January 12, 2011 7:27 PM | Report abuse

The terrorists aren't Radical Islam, they are Rabid Republican!

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | January 12, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

The terrorists aren't Radical Islam, they are Rabid Republican!

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | January 12, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Yet further evidence that the Tea Party is the new American Na*i party. All that's missing are the brown shirts and goosestepping marches.

Posted by: dl49 | January 12, 2011 7:13 PM | Report abuse

YOU KNOW WHAT; i THINK we all should just pull down our pants and let the marxist agenda be shoved up our a--es. that is what the libs want; if you disagree you get the blarney like the posts here, just sit down, shut up and let the libs f--k up America; yah; that sounds perfect ====NOT.

Posted by: Nobama11
---------------------------------------------
You are so far removed from reality and so incredibly angry that, frankly, I hope someone tracks you down before you do something violent. Do you realize how truly crazy you sound? Our country doesn't need this kind of crazy talk and irrational thinking. We need thoughtful responses to the issues that face us. We also need a debate about how to stop crazies like the Arizona shooter from killing more of our leaders, children and grandparents. I hope you just had a bad day at work and don't always talk like this.

Posted by: MNUSA | January 12, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I wish all the local Tucson Republicans that have resigned for safety reasons peace and protection. This should show the Republicans and especially the Tea Baggers in general that they MUST not allow any more violent rhetoric at their rallies. These Republicans and Tea Baggers and NOT respected our president. They show up with their face "mocked" up at our president. They allow their followers to openly wear guns and carry signs that are too evil. So to the local Republicans take advantage of why you are stepping down with Boehner and McConnell. These two individuals could really help the USA have disagreements with respect. But no, they do NOT show president Obama respect themselves and they appear on the PEOPLE's Senate and House and say their number one goal is to make president Obama a one termer. Not that jobs and other items should be their number goal which is really ashame. They were sent to SERVE THE PEOPLE. They should show character and admit that president Obama has recovered us from a near disaster economically but no they will NOT tell the people the truth. This is why their lack of real leadership will not help us have our derserved peace. Boehner and McConnell must MAN UP.

Posted by: netstoy | January 12, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

A nutcase did the shooting, and alone that wouldn't implicate anyone's politics... except that:

(1) the apparent intended victim WAS an elected official, targeted for her political positions on specific issues; and

(2) the nutcase's actions are entirely consistent with the belligerent rhetoric for which particular figures and factions are already notorious.

Palinite "shoot-'em-up" rhetoric, branding political opponents as "traitors" and "terrorist sympathizers" is obviously not entirely to blame for the actions of this particular nut, but the proponents of that rhetoric HAVE been warned, repeatedly, that such vitriol has consequences, and that its use carried the risk of precisely such tragedies... that some nutcase would (as Palin put it) "look to his Second Amendment remedies" to vindicate his political frustrations.

Palin's response was to slander, as reprehensible, those who called her out for the reprehensibly belligerent rhetoric that she and her allies employ.

But don't worry about Ms Palin. Even if, after this, she becomes quiet for a time, she probably isn't done.

She's just reloading.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | January 12, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

@Nobama11

Yea. Sit down, shut up, and make an effort to find out what is really going on.

Posted by: ptgrunner | January 12, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

"Its too bad" Gee Senator McCain, another sterling example of real leadership. I use to admire you and voted for you, but your decision to bow to the fringe right elements of our party makes me so very sad for you and your legacy. The old "maverick" would be a real blessing for this country now, but guess you lost him some where along the way. That's what is really "too bad."

Posted by: dcostello | January 12, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

"Its too bad" Gee Senator McCain, another sterling example of real leadership. I use to admire you and voted for you, but your decision to bow to the fringe right elements of our party makes me so very sad for you and your legacy. The old "maverick" would be a real blessing for this country now, but guess you lost him some where along the way. That's what is really "too bad."

Posted by: dcostello | January 12, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Not that it matters whether Tony Miller walks or not. Tuscon is pretty much full of California liberals anyway, it's not like there's any hope of prying Raul Grijalva loose.
If Miller's not willing to feel the love then maybe he's not cut out for politics. Never mind that his job was pretty much volunteer, and sometimes, dealing with dolts who are supposed to be your allies isn't worth it -- especially for free.

Posted by: daskinner | January 12, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

What happened to "Land of the free and home of the brave?" No need to bail. Ask God to protect you.

Posted by: rdominguez42 | January 12, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

What happened to "Land of the free and home of the brave?" No need to bail. Ask God to protect you.

Posted by: rdominguez42 | January 12, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

It is satisfying to see how libs have tempered their rhetoric;; you know they certainly are not guilty of vitriolic words;; just check their posts here; very convivial indeed.

Posted by: Nobama11 | January 12, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

YOU KNOW WHAT; i THINK we all should just pull down our pants and let the marxist agenda be shoved up our a--es. that is what the libs want; if you disagree you get the blarney like the posts here, just sit down, shut up and let the libs f--k up America; yah; that sounds perfect ====NOT.

Posted by: Nobama11 | January 12, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

YOU KNOW WHAT; i THINK we all should just pull down our pants and let the marxist agenda be shoved up our a--es. that is what the libs want; if you disagree you get the blarney like the posts here, just sit down, shut up and let the libs f--k up America; yah; that sounds perfect ====NOT.

Posted by: Nobama11 | January 12, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

TO: sj121387 who wrote:
“These folks are angry over immigration reform enforcement in Arizona. They fought against conservatives in the party and lost.
Many Republicans have been threatened by illegal activists in the State for pursuing illegal immigration enforcement…”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Lie, lie, lie, lie, and lie some more.

You may be the only one in the world who hasn’t noticed, but the shooter is a white guy.

I understand, you want to blame anybody and everybody in the world, EXCEPT for the Republican that put the crosshairs of a rifle scope on a map of the district that was attacked.

You can say many Republicans have been threatened, but it was a Democrat who was gunned down.


Posted by: lindalovejones | January 12, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

show me the money;; who are they? John Lewis said he was called a n---r after the healthcare vote;; $100,000.00 was offered for any info to confirm that guess what NO EVIDENCE.

Posted by: Nobama11 | January 12, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Name names and go public;; proof is the best measure; who are these tp killers?

Posted by: Nobama11 | January 12, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

TO: philogical who wrote:
“lindalovejones are you an ID 10 "T", The judge that was killed was a Republican and at the moment I would say that dead was a little more then just shot. You prove your hate by your words every time.”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

That’s what I get for conversing with whackos.


Posted by: lindalovejones | January 12, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Well, the Republican officials are entitled to do what they think is necessary for their presumed safety; however, it's NOT the Republicans that are at risk. It's not liberals/progressives who are showing up with the guns at rallies in a juvenile attempt to show their contempt for a changing (les and less white) nation.

The right can distort/beckathize the facts as much as they like but facts show the imbalance of CRAZY seems to be all on one side...THE RIGHT!

Posted by: noland_abc | January 12, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Well, the Republican officials are entitled to do what they think is necessary for their presumed safety; however, it's NOT the Republicans that are at risk. It's not liberals/progressives who are showing up with the guns at rallies in a juvenile attempt to show their contempt for a changing (les and less white) nation.

The right can distort/beckathize the facts as much as they like but facts show the imbalance of CRAZY seems to be all on one side...THE RIGHT!

Posted by: noland_abc | January 12, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse


TO: philogical who wrote:
“Oh by the way lindalovejones where did the article state that "these politicians were threatened by Tea Bag Members". Perhaps I missed it.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Yep, you missed it. 3rd paragraph:
“...has been concerned for his family's safety by constant verbal attacks and blog posts from some local committee members WITH TEA PARTY MOVEMENT TIES.” [Emphasis added.]

Posted by: lindalovejones | January 12, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Cowards. First, I don't believe he got death threats from the right or even the left. Second, if he is the spineless weasel that he appears to be, then better that he resigns now than capitulate to some real or imaginary threats. Finally, it is a good thing that the Founders weren't put off by a single shooting and some threats. All they had to lose was their lives, property and loved ones. I'd like to see a lot more resignations from both sides of the aisle.

Posted by: calditz | January 12, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

lindalovejones are you an ID 10 "T", The judge that was killed was a Republican and at the moment I would say that dead was a little more then just shot. You prove your hate by your words every time.

Posted by: philogical | January 12, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

These folks are angry over immigration reform enforcement in Arizona. They fought against conservatives in the party and lost.

Many Republicans have been threatened by illegal activists in the State for pursuing illegal immigration enforcement.

I want to see the police reports on these so-called Tea Party death threats and I want to see the evidence that it was a Tea Party member who issued the death threat. So much lying and smearing these days.

Posted by: sj121387 | January 12, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

These folks are angry over immigration reform enforcement in Arizona. They fought against conservatives in the party and lost.

Many Republicans have been threatened by illegal activists in the State for pursuing illegal immigration enforcement.

America is getting stranger by the minute.

Posted by: sj121387 | January 12, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

TO: philogical who wrote:
“… So the left shamelessly began its campaign to connect Saturday’s shooting to Sara Palin for no other reason than that they hate her. It is not the Conservatives, or the Tea Party that shows it's self to be the haters.”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Ah huh.

Now, what planet is it you say you’re from?

I KNOW Republicans have the ability to tune everybody out and pretend things didn’t actually happen, but the rest of us tend to listen and learn.

I wouldn’t say that Republicans and Tea Baggers aren’t haters, in fact, after all I’ve heard, including your little rant, put together with the fact that it was a Democrat Politician that was shot, among others, I’d have to say Republicans and Tea Baggers are armed and dangerous.



Posted by: lindalovejones | January 12, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

TO: philogical who wrote:
“… So the left shamelessly began its campaign to connect Saturday’s shooting to Sara Palin for no other reason than that they hate her. It is not the Conservatives, or the Tea Party that shows it's self to be the haters.”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Ah huh.

Now, what planet is it you say you’re from?

I KNOW Republicans have the ability to tune everybody out and pretend things didn’t actually happen, but the rest of us tend to listen and learn.

I wouldn’t say that Republicans and Tea Baggers aren’t haters, in fact, after all I’ve heard, including your little rant, put together with the fact that it was a Democrat Politician that was shot, among others, I’d have to say Republicans and Tea Baggers are armed and dangerous.



Posted by: lindalovejones | January 12, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh by the way lindalovejones where did the article state that "these politicians were threatened by Tea Bag Members". Perhaps I missed it.

Posted by: philogical | January 12, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

First off comes the question of whether I believe the story or the person retelling the story? I'm sorry to say that I do not. Do I believe that the man quit? Yes, I do. Do I believe that he quit for the reasons that he said? No I do not. Do I believe that he has received death threats from the Tea Party members? No, I do not. What he said was, "verbal attacks and blog posts from some local committee members with tea party movement ties". What does that mean and what are the ties?
What do I believe and think about all of this hoopla after the murders and attempted murders in Arizona; well I’m glad you ask.
The left as always finds it hard to believe that anyone would disagree with them, so the person that does is out of control, or crazy. This is why the Communists and National Socialists have internment camps, gulags, re education camps and insane asylums, to keep the nonbelievers away from society. What they fail to remember is that in a free country we can say almost anything that we want and believe anything that we want as long as we do hot hurt anyone. What truly amazes me is that the left loves a one-sided conversation where everyone agrees with them. They can talk about hoping that George W. Bush dies or that Cheney dies or that Ms Rice dies and it is their god given right as an American to say it, but woe be unto the conservative who says anything against the Lord Obama.
So the left shamelessly began its campaign to connect Saturday’s shooting to Sara Palin for no other reason than that they hate her. It is not the Conservatives, or the Tea Party that shows it's self to be the haters.

Posted by: philogical | January 12, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

TO: TexRancher who wrote:
“If our representatives quit, then the nutcases and liberal, socialists win!
We certainly don't need the gutless types … What message is sent to the people who mean us harm if our reps. quit when faced with threats?...”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

What it means is you need to stop threatening your representatives, stop taking your guns to Town Hall Meetings, and it means that it’s time for Republicans to stop trying to solve their political problems with violence.

In case you over looked it, the article says these politicians were threatened by Tea Bag Members.

If you don’t want your politicians resigning, maybe you should tell your Tea Bag Buddies to layoff.

Posted by: lindalovejones | January 12, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

First off comes the question of wheather I believe the story or the person retelling the story? I'm sorry to say that I do not. Do I believe that the man quit? Yes I do. Do I believe that he quit for the reasons that he said? No I do not. Do I believe that he has received death threats from the Tea Party members? No I do not. What he said was, "verbal attacks and blog posts from some local committee members with tea party movement ties". What does that mean and what are the ties?

What do I believe and think about all of this hoopla after the murders and attempted murders in Arizona, well I glad you ask.

I believe the left as always finds it hard to believe that anyone would disagree with them, so the person that does is out of control, or crazy. This is why the Communists and National Socialists have internment camps, gulags, re education camps and insane asylums, to keep the nonbelievers away from society. What they fail to remember is that in a free country we can say almost anything that we want and believe anything that we want as long as we do hot hurt anyone. What truly amazes me is that the left loves a one-sided conversation where everyone agrees with them. They can talk about hoping that George W. Bush dies or that Cheney dies or that Ms Rice dies and it is their god given right as an American to say it, but woe be unto the conservative who says anything against the Lord Obama. So the left shamelessly began its campaign to connect Saturday’s shooting to Sara Palin, Conservatives and radio talk shows, for no other reason than that they hate. It is not the Conservatives, Sara Palin or the Tea Party that shows it's self to be the real haters.

Posted by: philogical | January 12, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

TO: idiotthere who wrote:
“… the actions of an obviously mentally sick individual--that took the life from innocent people--not for political reasons--such as each of you continue to espouse--but, as hard as it seems to be for you to believe--simply because he's out of his mind!
All of you, do all of us a favor and for once do the hardest thing that is possible for you-SHUT UP!!”

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Pardon me, but when a person tries to assassinate a politician, that is political.

If you need quiet time to grieve, may I suggest you stay off of the Washington Post Politics Internet Blog.

You may not realize this, but if you go on to a political blog, there’s a 100% chance people will be discussing politics.

So, rather than try to silence the entire country, you may want to lay off the internet for awhile.


Posted by: lindalovejones | January 12, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

The resignation of the Republicans mentioned in this article is unfortunate. I sincerely hope each one will reconsider for the sake of his/her constituents.

Hateful actions proliferate in a climate of hate, which, in turn is fomented by vitriol, vituperation, straw men attacks.

Let's all take the rhetoric down a notch. I am not a Republcan but I believe that people who enter politics do so because they want to serve their fellow citizens. We should honor them, and, even when we disagree with their policies, respect them.

Posted by: castleb | January 12, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

The extremist TEAorrists consider moderate Republicans Fellow Travelers and, like other holy warriors, feel justified in calling for their "death".

Why is anyone surprised when death happens? Miller and Johnson don't want to wake up dead.

Posted by: thebobbob | January 12, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

The extremist TEAorrists consider moderate Republicans Fellow Travelers and, like other holy warriors, feel justified in calling for their "death".

Why is anyone surprised when death happens? Miller and Johnson don't want to wake up dead.

Posted by: thebobbob | January 12, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

As anyone can see, the conservative posts in the comment section are so without fear, anger, and falsehoods.

One called a man fearing for his safety a sissy. One associated liberals with nut cases and socialists.

Posted by: iamme74 | January 12, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

This is ridiculous. It looks like these dolts are resigning out of fear of reprisals; in actuality they are pulling this POLITICAL PLOY to make it look like the Republican Party is the victim of this terrible tragedy. These fools should be displaying the symbol of the Democrats on their T-Shirts, you know the one with the long ears.

Posted by: JohnS-WRJ | January 12, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

pgreer1 - really? Somehow you manage to find that it is the left that is marginalized and extreme?

How completely like the tea-party gang that is -- blame others for having your faults, white is black, and if you can't see it you are the problem.

Gees -- there is a lot of extremism in our so-called dialogue, but when it gets to the point that the most effective strategy is blatant lying accusations, then I'm not sure what mechanism can dig us out of this hole.

Posted by: pvan1 | January 12, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Very welcome and very important to know that even Republicans are the object of threats from these hateful hatemongers. I was not aware. It would be good if there were some mechanism for informing us regular folks of the extent of the danger to all of us. Couldn't the Southern Poverty Law Center, or even the Justice Dept make a routine of publishing the threats and incidents in a single spot we could go to? A national register of hate crimes and hate threats. It would be the patriotic duty of anyone who receives such a threat and any law enforcement agency and any private foundation to post to the list daily. This intimidation has been allowed to go on for far too long. We have got to get it in hand before it gets even worse. From the reaction of the haters to even the beginning of a discussion of the problem, it is clear that they won't dampen themselves down without some strong pressure.

Posted by: tughillb | January 12, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I am so sick and tired of hearing from the right that everything that is wrong is the fault of the left and from the left the very same thing regarding the right--they never let up--they never fail to take a tragedy of enormous proportions such as the latest that accured in Tucson and use it to blame each other for all the world's problems.

Can any of you find it within yourselves to show respect for those that weep and mourn due to the actions of an obviously mentally sick individual--that took the life from innocent people--not for political reasons--such as each of you continue to espouse--but, as hard as it seems to be for you to believe--simply because he's out of his mind!

All of you, do all of us a favor and for once do the hardest thing that is possible for you-SHUT UP!!

Posted by: idiotthere | January 12, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

A sad day, indeed, when people cannot serve in public office for a political party out of fear of death for doing so. This is a poor testimonial for the system that we are trying to "sell" to the emerging nations. If something as simple as holding a meeting or a position in local politics will get you killed or threats made against you, we have sunk about as far as we can go.

Republicans, this is you bag of worms. Fix it. You and your Tea Party clones have taken this one too far. Enjoy your brief advantage in the House, for it will surely be gone in 2012.

Posted by: ronjeske | January 12, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I am so sick and tired of hearing from the right that everything that is wrong is the fault of the left and from the left the very same thing regarding the right--they never let up--they never fail to take a tragedy of enormous proportions such as the latest that accured in Tucson and use it to blame each other for all the world's problems.

Can any of you find it within yourselves to show respect for those that weep and mourn due to the actions of an obviously mentally sick individual--that took the life from innocent people--not for political reasons--such as each of you continue to espouse--but, as hard as it seems to be for you to believe--simply because he's out of his mind!

All of you, do all of us a favor and for once do the hardest thing that is possible for you-SHUT UP!!

Posted by: idiotthere | January 12, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

If our representatives quit, then the nutcases and liberal, socialists win!

We certainly don't need the gutless types on either side. The country suffers either way.

What message is sent to the people who mean us harm if our reps. quit when faced with threats? It will only get worse.

Posted by: TexRancher | January 12, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I am so sick and tired of hearing from the right that everything that is wrong is the fault of the left and from the left the very same thing regarding the right--they never let up--they never fail to take a tragedy of enormous proportions such as the latest that accured in Tucson and use it to blame each other for all the world's problems.

Can any of you find it within yourselves to show respect for those that weep and mourn due to the actions of an obviously mentally sick individual--that took the life from innocent people--not for political reasons--such as each of you continue to espouse--but, as hard as it seems to be for you to believe--simply because he's out of his mind!

All of you, do all of us a favor and for once do the hardest thing that is possible for you-SHUT UP!!

Posted by: idiotthere | January 12, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

If our representatives quit, then the nutcases and liberal, socialists win!

We certainly don't need the gutless types on either side. The country suffers either way.

What message is sent to the people who mean us harm if our reps. quit when faced with threats? It will only get worse.

Posted by: TexRancher | January 12, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Reading these comments, it's amazing how
provential and paranoid the far left really is. Rassmussen Reports new poll said registered "Republicans" have now surpassed registered "Dems" 37-34. The
far left has pulled the party way to far left and people are exiting the democratic
party in droves. The unfair reaction by the Progressive journalists regarding blaming Palin, et al, will drive more
to the "Repulican Party" Your democratic party is falling apart because it no longer represents mainstream America.

Posted by: pgreer1 | January 12, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I guess public service isn't for sissies anymore.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 12, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Last October, Glenn Beck was musing on his radio show about the prospect of the government seizing his children if he didn't give them flu vaccines. "You want to take my kids because of that?" he said. "Meet Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson."


Last April, Erick Erickson, the managing editor of the right-wing RedState blog and a CNN commentator, was questioning the legality of the Census Bureau's American Community Survey on a radio show. "We have become, or are becoming, enslaved by the government. . . . I dare 'em to try to come to throw me in jail. I dare 'em to. [I'll] pull out my wife's shotgun and see how that little ACS twerp likes being scared at the door."


Do right-wing talk show commentators incite violence against the government? Feel free to draw your own conclusions - but to dwell on the rise of violent rhetoric on the right is to miss an even bigger, though connected, problem. Let's focus, rather, on the first part of Beck's and Erickson's observations: The government wants to take away Glenn Beck's (and by extension, your) kids. The government wants to take a census and will throw Erick Erickson (and by extension, you) in jail if he, and you, don't comply.


Can we see the hands of all the kids taken from their parents because they didn't get flu shots? How about all those people rotting in jail because they didn't cooperate in compiling the census?


The primary problem with the political discourse of the right in today's America isn't that it incites violence per se. It's that it implants and reinforces paranoid fears about the government and conservatism's domestic adversaries.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/11/AR2011011105685.html

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Posted by: DrainYou | January 12, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The followers of Osama bin Palin certainly are busy, busy, busy!

Posted by: Garak | January 12, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

This Jared Loughner nut (the shooter) was for the gold standard and against womens rights (abortion).


That's so far to the right that it's getting into Ayn Rand territory.


And the Southern Poverty Law Center said that the gov't language control stuff that Loughner was talking about is also something you'll find on the far right fringe.


Sorry Teabagger goons. He's got your DNA.


Nice try...


One would hope that there would be a few days given over to mourning for the dead and public good wishes for the full recovery of the injured in the aftermath of the Tucson shooting this morning. But since we live in a Twitter and Facebook and Instant Messaging world, such hope no longer gets a chance. Efforts to set the narrative are already fully under way within the extremist right.


The Right Wing Noise Machine (Faux News, AM Hate Radio etc) whose violent, eliminationist rhetoric has polluted the air waves and bled into other corporate mainsteam media outlets the past couple of decades, ramping itself up a little more each year, especially with the arrival of an African American in the White House, are, of course, denying that the shootings of a Congresswoman, a judge, a child and bystanders on a street corner in Arizona have anything to do with their savage words.


No surprise. One thing the Right Wing Lunatic Fringe is good at is refusing to accept any responsibility for the consequences of their murderous hate talk, whether it's right winger Timothy McVeigh blowing up a federal building or right winger Scott Roeder assassinating a doctor etc.

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Posted by: DrainYou | January 12, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

The non threatening real American Arizona tea party in action. Scaring other Republicans who fear they will become a target of violence. That is the way to disprove those erroneous ideas about the Arizona tea party.

Posted by: iamme74 | January 12, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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