BOISE, Idaho- Idaho Republican Party Chairman Norm Semanko added his name to the growing list of GOP leaders condemning one of their own candidate's comments about hunting President Barack Obama.
Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, as well as U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson and Gov C.L. "Butch" Otter, already slammed 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell for saying he'd buy an "Obama tag."
Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick is also condemning Rammell for the comment. Rammell, who is running in the primary against Otter, made the comments at a Republican rally last week in Twin Falls. He has refused to apologize, saying he was just joking.
Semanko says his party doesn't condone the "Obama tag" comments, in jest or not. Semanko says Rammell "crossed the line from civil, political discourse into a ridiculous and desperate publicity stunt."
Rammell is an outsider Republican candidate who ran unsuccessfully as an independent in the 2008 U.S. Senate race won by Risch.