September 13th, 2010
04:47 PM ET
12 years ago

Threat against Delaware Republican chair

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,, 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."

Filed under: 2010 • Delaware • Mike Castle
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Lousy Biased Coverage

    First of all emails are traceable and no where does it say whether the police are involved. Secondly why did the GOP hand off the email to a left wing website to reprint it? Sounds like someone is trying awfully hard to push that phony "tea party people are terrorists" theme again so you should vote for my candidate and not her. If the police are not involved, then this whole thing sounds like a setup to discredit their opponent in the republican primary.

    September 13, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. G-Money

    I would vote for Congressman Castle any day over these insane tea party people, he's one of the few good republicans left in the country.

    September 13, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. helpLord

    What is this country becoming? A country divided will not stand. Help Obama dont hinder him. He is the leader of the free world. If R wins in Nov total backwardness. 2 me R stands 4 rich only. Cutting taxes 4 the rich while the rest of the country lose our homes & jobs. Wake up America.

    September 13, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  4. Senior Misterioso

    The chickens have come home to roost for the GOP. You cultivated and encouraged all this fear and hate after Obama's election, and now you're whining because it's growing even uglier, turning violent and careening out of control. What leadership you have (not)!

    September 13, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. Dave

    It's just another whacky Lib pretending to be a conservative, sending an email. Dems need to try new tricks.. In 50 days, you commies are done.

    September 13, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. Eddie

    The Republican "household" is sustained with lots of hate. Hate eventually will cause its demise.

    September 13, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Lighten up, he did not threaten him he just said he "deserved a bullet in the head" for being a traitor. That's an opinion not a threat. If I'm Not mistaken we are still entitled to an opinion in America. he was merely saying he strongly objects to Tom Ross's despicaple character.Which I agree is despicable, I don't think he deserves a bullet in the head, just to ousted . I agre with all the other points that were made. Mike Castle is no conservative.

    I am tired of the phony outrage of not being politically correct.

    September 13, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. Walter

    What the heck is going on? A Republican gets death threats from other Republicans for supporting a Republican? What's next with these people?

    September 13, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. Jerrold

    Waiting for Sarah Palin to add to the remark ... "make sure to reload"!

    September 13, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. helpLord

    While our jobs were going oversea, homes in foreclosure, our teachers & police lay-off & deep recession. The (R) claim was not happening until a year later. Obama has no choice but 2 borrow money & raise the Nat'l debt. He didnt have a surplus like Bush. Remember why u voted 4 Obama ! Change doesnt happen overnight? He has done more in about 2 years than (R) Bush in 8. (R) lied us into 2 wars that is why the Nat'l debt is so high. War aint cheap. The lives lost ,billions wasted & now u blame the person trying 2 fix the mess we all r in. (R) should stand 4 :really good liers, really

    September 13, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  11. Brian L

    Anyone who stands against Tea Partiers are labels tyrants and they want to water the tree of liberty with their blood. Yup sounds like a Patriotic organization to me!

    September 13, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. conrad

    Sad that nobody yet has suggested that this threat is from one of those leftwing radicals that have been caught infiltrating tea party rallies

    September 13, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  13. AndyBlue

    Ha! And the best part is Beck and Palin will keep separating these extremists from their money. Beck just bought a huge mansion

    Beck and Palin are revealing to the rest of us just how many kooks are out there and the best part we have their hate filled faces on camera.

    All we have to do is sit back and laugh while they run around screaming and proclaiming who isn't "American' enough.

    We need to make strong examples of anyone who threatens families with bodily harm or death just because of politics.

    September 13, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  14. Jackalope

    Sounds like what Tea Party darling and Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle refers to as a "Second Amendment Remedy."

    September 13, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  15. Eagle35

    Sorry Libs! Not going to work this time! ONE nut case does something stupid and you try to paint everyone associated with conservativism with the same brush! With this logic ALL Libs stand in front of polling places with night sticks, all Libs kill people like the UniBomber, ALL Libs are for taking a baby half way out and sucking his/her brains out, ALL Libs are for bombing the Pentagon and Police buildings like Bill Aires, ALL Libs are just like ACORN workers and promote teenage prostitution. ALL Libs are like SIEU thugs and beat black men for supporting Tea Party/. See how ridiculous all this sounds. This is how you desperate Libs sound! Not going to work this time!

    September 13, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. Right Leaning Independent

    I love the intelligence shown by the serial posters on here with their creative terms.. I know you must be so proud of yourselves for coming up with these terms all by yourself... You folks post on every article that comes across the ticker. Here is a novel idea, go find a job and you would not be so dependent on the Dems and government to support you!!

    September 13, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  17. bfranklin

    Is there any proof that this came from a Tea Party member? Is there any proof that this didn't come from some kid playing a prank? Is it at all possible that some whacko lib sent this to make the Tea Party look bad or get Castle some sympathy votes?
    The real bad thing about comments on this venue is that knee jerk reactions are misinformed and stupid.

    September 13, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
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