GOP SOS candidate issues then deletes threat against Congressman Yarmuth

03/20/2018 01:35 PM

Carl Nett, a Republican candidate for Kentucky Secretary of State, drew a swift rebuke Tuesday from both Democrats and Republicans after tweeting a threat against U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth following a message from the Louisville Democrat about his stance on the National Rifle Association.

Yarmuth tweeting Tuesday morning that he is “so proud of my @NRA rating, I’ll wear it on my chest. I invite my colleagues to join me in wearing our F ratings every day until the GOP finally stands up to the gun lobby and helps us pass common sense gun safety legislation.”

Nett, a former Secret Service agent and former contractor for the CIA, replied to Yarmuth saying, “Move it over just a bit. I was trained center mass,” referencing the “F” ranking pin on Yarmuth’s lapel.

Eventually, Nett deleted the tweet, but not before it had been reported to law enforcement.

Yarmuth’s communication’s director Christopher Schuler telling Pure Politics on Tuesday that the threat had been sent to the Capitol Police.

“In the wake of the Scalise shooting, Capitol Police have directed offices to be diligent in reporting all threats to members’ safety. They are aware of this situation,” he said.

The Republican Party of Kentucky, Louisville GOP and Kentucky Democratic Party all condemned the tweet in statements. The Louisville GOP taking to social media to denounce the tweet and divisiveness in politics.

“Our politics have grown too divisive over the last 10 years. In regard to the Tweet by Secretary of State candidate Carl Nett this AM, we condemn that tweet, in the strongest of terms, as well as any suggestion of violence against anyone, much less a member of Congress,” they wrote. “This tweet is especially disturbing in light of recent attacks on Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and our own Senator Rand Paul.”

Republican Party of Kentucky spokesman Tres Watson telling Pure Politics they believe the tweet was “inappropriate.”

“We condemn any suggestion of acts of violence against public servants, even if in jest,” he said.

The Kentucky Democratic Party also offered a rebuke on the tweet, and tied Nett to Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky.

“Carl Nett’s comment about shooting Rep. John Yarmuth is not only alarming but terribly offensive given the numerous shootings including one in Great Mills, Maryland today,” Kentucky Democratic Party Ben Self said. “Nett, a current Republican candidate for secretary of state and campaign contributor to Gov. Matt Bevin, is obviously unfit to be elected for or hold any Kentucky office. Any threats of violence cannot be tolerated in our current political or public forums.”

Nett later tweeted that he protected multiple Democrats while with the Secret Service.

“Friends, I protected Barack Obama, John Kerry, John Edwards, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Clinton. I voted for none of them,” he wrote amid the backlash. “I would have DIED for any of them. My oath is to the Constitution. ALL politicians should keep that oath, first and foremost.”

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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