Wednesday, January 12, 2011

TEA Party intimidation triggers resignations in Arizona

While online conservatives are trying to play down the influence of violent rhetoric used by the political right, stories coming out of Arizona seem to contradict the new conservative narrative:
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.
Which Republicans should we believe? The Republicans who say that violent rhetoric isn't a problem, or the Republicans who are resigning their positions within the party due to threats against themselves and their families?

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