McSally promoting Ash menacingly calls for “kneecapping” Wooten supporters
When a conservative site such as Townhall goes after a Republican National Committeeman, it’s worthy of notice. This article provides the shocking details of the events leading up to the thuggish not-so-veiled threats issued by Tucson businessman and longtime activist Bruce Ash —- a man who should know better.
The Arizona Daily Independent fills in the rest of the story, detailing that Ash actually called for violence against leading Southern Arizona afternoon drive time radio show host, James T. Harris.
The bad blood goes back to this year’s primary election when conservative Tea Party candidate Chuck Wooten ran in U.S. Congressional District 2, challenging GOP establishment candidate Martha McSally. The seat is currently held by Democrat Ron Barber. McSally won the primary and was the recipient of nearly $10 million in RNC funding. The general is still too close to call and will likely result in a recount.
Just days ago when Ash was a guest on Emil Franzi’s radio program, Ash called for violence against popular radio host James T. Harris and USAF Lt. Col (ret) Thomas Norris in the event that McSally once again loses the CD2 race.
Joanne Moudy writing for Townhall notes it all began when Franzi falsely accusing both men of supporting Barber (only Norris did so) and then jumping into a tirade about a hypothetical situation. “By the way, if McSally loses by less than 200 votes, I hope someone goes over there and hangs up a sign about Harris and that phony light Colonel (Norris) who was over there endorsing Barber.” In his best imitation of a street thug, Ash then suggested, “How about kneecapping the both of them…, which may happen….”
Listen to Arizona’s RNC National Committeeman Bruce Ash’s ill-advised words here. (Time mark 9:19)
McSally, who previously lost a close race to Barber in 2012, is a retired Air Force Colonel who was the first American woman to command a fighter squadron. She can well defend herself —- and in a more appropriate manner. As a Lt. Col. she sued the Department of Defense successfully challenging the military policy that required U.S. servicewomen stationed in Saudi Arabia to wear the degrading Islamic body-covering abaya when traveling off base in the country.
Wooten responded saying “Ash needs to resign immediately —- because in the process of shredding virtually everyone in their path, particularly conservative Republicans who do not agree with them, they launched into a tirade that went really badly, really quickly. He is typical of the political thugs who have infiltrated what used to be a great political party.”