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. Rick McDaniel

    Guess that is a hotly debated contest.

    September 13, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Buster Bloodvessel

    What do you expect? Crazy leaders telling crazy followers that their country is "being taken over" and "liberal socialists" are "kowtowing to Muslims;" of course some loon who thinks the President is a Muslim and Beck is a Christian is going to get his gun and kill someone. That's what the GOP wants, apparently.

    September 13, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Randy

    Honestly. Though I don't condone it, I see more of this happening. As people feel more that government is doing things to them, than with them. This will only get worse.

    September 13, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    These Tea-tards are making death threats against their own ilk. They are a threat to national security.

    September 13, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. montag

    I tried to change my voter registration to theGOP, but the County Clerk refused my request.


    I passed the mental examination.

    September 13, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Hmmm... I guess Doug, New Jersey has e-mail now. Have a nice day!

    September 13, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. rs

    Yes, thats those paece-lovin' , non-violent Tea Party people for you. If you can't win on facts or ideas- threaten people.

    September 13, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. ehwilson429

    deat threats are just yesterday's news.
    when is the last time this ever happened?

    more media hysteria.

    September 13, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Vote or endorse whom you want and stop death threats on others for their choice. We are suppose to be civilized Americans and not members of al Qaeda or the Taliban who kill and threaten others not to express their rights.

    September 13, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    Looks like it was whole lot more palatable to the neo-cons when it was directed at President Obama, but now that the moderate Republicans are getting caught up in this tea bagging scorn, doesn't seem quite so amusing when the tea baggers start "exercising their freedom of speech" now does it.

    As many of you neo-cons stated in the past "where is your sense of humor"?

    These tea baggers are just listening to anarchist Angle and looking for the "second amendment solution" or missy's keep the "target in the cross-hairs" statement.

    So, as the grifter would say,"reload" and relax, it is all just "harmless fun"!

    September 13, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. Capt. Smash

    tea party agian

    September 13, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. Diane

    I'm sure the tea-party had nothing to do with it. (lol)

    September 13, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. AZ Dem

    How dispicable...the political climate in this country right now seems to get worse and worse. I'll be glad when the midterm elections come and go then HOPEFULLY we can get back to fixing this countries economic mess...I have no doubt that by 2012 we will be looking at a completely different economic situation and when you really think about it that is the ONLY thing driving this current election season.

    September 13, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    Sounds like the Palin Thugs from Retardvill, Alaska have moved to the southern 48.

    Shame shame shame shame

    September 13, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  15. Readbetweenthelines

    Par for the course when dealing with the radical right – too bad Obama has made this sort of whacko mentality spread like wildfire. Everyone seems to think our government is sinking this country (and to a degree it is), when it is obvious to me that ridiculous uneducated behavior is what has brought America to a new low!!

    September 13, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. george from alaska

    they are all little childish nut jobs with fake toy tri-corner hats who pretend they are "patriots" and who are really communists in disquise that want to screw the wealthy with extra taxes. did you know that up here in alaska palin was called a communist by responsible leaders for wanting to spread the state's oil wealth around to buy her election as governor. it is a fact and she did. spreading state resources around to the masses is the definition of communism.

    September 13, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Massachusetts Conservative

    T'SAH has an imposter! Oh now that is hysterical! We may finally get some intelligent statements that are credited to T'SAH now!!!

    2 things T'SAH...the "real one"...

    How do you have the time to post 15-20 comments a day on the Ticker? Are you self employed? When you get fired from your job for spending too much time on the internet at work, who are you going to blame it on?

    Second...go check your facts. Democrats have had control of the House and Senate for 4 years now. Do a little research and find out exactly what Bush vetoed during his last 2 years. to nothing. The House and Senate threatened to cut all support for our troops unless he approved every ill-advised piece of garbage, pork-heavy, excessive spending, liberal legislation they sent his way in 2007-2008. And you want to blame "RepubliCANTS" for blocking Obama's agenda? Give me a break. Filabuster-proof Senate for 15 months and they still couldn't get anything done. This is the worst Congress in history. Don't let the facts get in your way, though. I'm just a racist, right?

    September 13, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Now we really see what today's version of "conservative" is. Most of what remains of the [R] party has become a bunch of reactionary hard-right drama queens. These neo-moron brown-shirts suck at the teats of the rightwing underbelly. They have Hitler smiling in his grave.

    If you really think [D]s are the cause of this country's current woes, you need to go burn a cross, or a quran, with your blathering "conservative" bretheren. And if you really think that [R]s are the answer to this country's current woes, you need to get your mental problems clinically diagnosed.

    September 13, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. tony

    Sad yet funny. Republicans getting a dose of their own conservative base.

    September 13, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Rob in MO

    The Tea Party freaks have set a new record for intolerance.

    September 13, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. sandy

    Is this how the Tea Party works? If you go against their candidate,they threaten to kill you. This is sick.

    September 13, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  22. Florence

    This is salad you get when teahadists decide they gonna terrorize moderates. This election is going to be a hoot...Can't wait for November when the crazies get really crazy if their candidates don't win. I predict Dems will do just fine and Repubs will be scratching their wondering why did we let the teahadists take over.

    September 13, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  23. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Yet again more evidence of just how wacked-out the New Republican extremists have become. Death threats against their OWN party's candidate? What is the problem with the Republican Party where even "normal" don't dare say "moderates" within the party are getting death threats. This is exactly why the Republicans are a disaster and have become officially hi-jacked by these types of lunatics. It's just a disgrace.

    September 13, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  24. save america, vote out republicans

    When people who are ignorant hear the constitution is only about the second amendment alternatives from Bachmann, Angle, Palin, Beck, Miller, Hannity, these same fragile mental midgets are stirred to a frenzy and are not capable of reason and thought.

    September 13, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. Larry

    Wage The Dog ...

    Let the media sell the election

    Death Threats ??? ... a trick as OLD as the hills ...

    September 13, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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