Arkansas GOP Official Resigns After Saying Hillary 'Would Get Shot At The State Line'

When asked by Dave Catanese of US News & World Report how Hillary Clinton would fare in Arkansas if she pursued the presidency in 2016, 2nd Congressional District chairman Johnny Rhoda told U.S. News, "She'd probably get shot at the state line."

Max Brantley at Arkansas Blog posted this interesting tidbit:

Rhoda, a church pastor and insurance agent, said later that he didn't mean the remark in a threatening way and that it had been quoted "out of context" and "blown out of proportion." David Catanese, the reporter who took down the quote, scoffed at Rhoda's characterization that the remark was out of context.

via KATV, video and text:

VAN BUREN COUNTY (KATV) - A state Republican Party official resigned Wednesday after comments he reportedly made about Hillary Clinton.

According to a U.S. News & World Report blog, 2nd Congressional District Chairman Johnny Rhoda was asked by reporters how Clinton would fare in Arkansas if she were to run for president in 2016.

His reported reply: "She'd probably get shot at the state line."

Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb issued the following statement:

“Moments ago I received the resignation of Johnny Rhoda as 2nd District Republican Chairman. He was apologetic for the statements he made to media yesterday and although he feels he was taken out of context, he knows that his statements have created an unnecessary distraction from the important issues before the State today. Johnny has been active in this Party for decades and all members of the Republican Party sincerely thank him for his service. I have accepted his resignation which is effective immediately.”


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