Washington (CNN) – The Chairman of the Delaware Republican Party received a death threat recently over his support for Republican Congressman Mike Castle in Tuesday's Senate primary, according to an official in the Delaware GOP office.
The official tells CNN, state GOP Chair Tom Ross received the threat via e-mail last week, and Ross and his family have since had to move out of their house. Ross is backing Castle against Tea Party-backed candidate Christine O'Donnell in Tuesday's Republican primary, which has become an increasingly contentious race with incendiary rhetoric from both sides.
The state GOP official directed CNN to a left-leaning Delaware website, Delawareliberal.net, which this official says, posted the text of the e-mail on Monday. According to that posting, the e-mail reads: "It is one thing to have your country screwed over by socialists, it is far worse to be backstabbed by people pretending to be your friends. Political ass-kissing RINO's [Republicans In Name Only] like you deserve a bullet in the head. We will either rid the GOP of pieces of ____ like you, or we will start a new 'Common Sense Conservative' party and render you all useless."
"It is just scary what is going on right now," the state GOP official said. "Tom is a loyal and dedicated Republican officer in Delaware... the position is unpaid and his job as party chairman is to defend and promote the candidates... It is disgusting, it is amazing and it has no place in our democracy."
The O'Donnell campaign released the following statement from their candidate: "We certainly condemn any threats of violence towards anyone in this campaign or anywhere else. We hope Mr. Ross and his family are safe, as no one should have to go through personal attacks like this."