Tea party planner says she made 'hanging' remarks - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Tea party planner says she made 'hanging' remarks

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SPOKANE, Wash. - An organizer of a weekend "tea party" gathering in eastern Washington says she was the speaker who called for one of the state's Democratic U.S. senators to be hanged, drawing applause from the crowd.
     
Dianne Capps of Clarkston admitted Thursday night that she made the remark about Sen. Patty Murray, but said it was taken out of context. She says she meant that Murray should be voted out of office in November.
     
Capps' comments Saturday at the gathering in Asotin, Wash., were captured by television station KLEW of Lewiston, Idaho.
     
She told the crowd that Murray should suffer the same fate as the character Jake in the western "Lonesome Dove." She said: "He got hung. And that's what I want to do with Patty Murray."
     
Capps initially denied to The Associated Press that she made the comments. She said Thursday the rest of the statement was that she wanted to "hang Patty Murray, by vote."

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Tea Party speaker wants to hang Murray

(February 18, 2010)

A speaker at a tea party gathering in Clarkston has called for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray to be hanged, drawing laughter and applause from the crowd.
     
The comments by the unidentified woman were captured by local television station KLEW of Lewiston, Idaho, while she was speaking from the podium on Saturday.

The woman told the crowd that Murray should suffer the same fate as the character Jake in the western "Lonesome Dove." The woman said: "He got hung. And that's what I want to do with Patty Murray."
     
Murray's office has not returned messages seeking comment.

Information from: KLEW-TV

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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