Saying, “I love the Republican Party but I don’t want to take a bullet for anyone,” Arizona Legislative District 20 Republican Chairman Anthony Miller tendered his resignation this weekend. The following clip comes from Think Progress:
Just hours after 22-year-old gunman Jared Loughner launched a shooting spree at a Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) constituent event in Tucson on Saturday that left six dead and 14 wounded, Legislative District chairman Anthony Miller, a Republican, announced that he would resign his position. In an email to the state’s GOP chair, Miller cited “constant verbal attacks” after his election last year “and Internet blog posts by some local members with Tea Party ties made him worry about his family’s safety.” Many of his Republican colleagues followed him out the door.
Miller had gotten on the wrong side of the Tea Party by supporting John McCain’s most recent run for Senate against Tea Party favorite J.D. Hayworth. Miller, who is black, has said that he had been repeatedly threatened and referred to as “McCain’s boy.”
Speaking of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Sarah Palin made a statement last night, asking people on the left to stop insinuating that her words and actions might be in any way responsible for the heightened climate of hostility in Arizona. Such irresponsible talk, according to Palin, serves “only to incite the very hatred and violence (these individuals) purport to condemn.” Palin’s statement drew the following response from MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann.