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The Maine Wire reported yesterday on Maine Democrat state representative Chuck Kruger’s Twitter comments, saying he would like to see former Vice President Dick Cheney executed, and that he hoped it would be televised. Click here to to read the story >>

Our story has sparked a media storm. The Drudge Report linked our story, which produced so much traffic it temporarily crashed our site. Since then, we’ve been linked by The Daily Caller, the Washington Examiner, and many other national political websites.

Kruger, who denied remembering the tweet when we spoke with him this morning, has since made two fairly different statements. On Dirigo Blue’s weekly radio program, Kruger apologized for his statements. But to the Daily Caller, he blamed The Maine Wire for twisting his comments.

“I do not wish for the death of Dick Cheney or anyone. I did NOT call for his execution, that was an absolute smear from an organization dedicated to damaging Democrats. I did make a lousy attempt at humor, and I regret that.”

In Kruger’s radio interview, he inexplicably made the statement, “I wish we could have fun with this.”

The Maine Republican Party sent out an email this afternoon calling for Kruger to resign his seat in the legislature.

“Kruger’s statements are outrageous, and have no place in our political discourse. To add insult to injury, Kruger is the co-chair of the Moderate Caucus!

Imagine if a Republican had made such statements about an elected official?

We can’t sit back and take this. It’s time for the GOP to fight back against the growing extremism from Democrat political figures.

Chuck Kruger should resign immediately and apologize for his outrageous remarks.”

The Maine Wire will continue to report on this issue as details emerge.

About Steve Robinson

Steve Robinson the editor of The Maine Wire. A native of Dexter, Maine, Robinson is a graduate of Bowdoin College.

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JJFW says:

Rep Kruger should resign after that threat.

Kent_Dorfman says:

I realize that users are free to comment on these stories but some from the left are absolutely asinine. Are you thinking of installing a moron filter?

Kent_Dorfman says:

Actually that would be the secret service as I believe that Cheney is still afforded their protection.

Tippytoejoe says:

as should be

Dominofrost says:

Saddam got a trial.  Cheney will never see one.

nanblan says:

He’s the one that should be indicted for war crimes.  In case you don’t remember, those of you on the far left were relentless in your criticism of President Bush for the Patriot Act.   What Obama has done so far in his presidency to violate/ignore American citizen rights goes way beyond such a measure (which, by the way, he’s supported so far.)
As for what you claim to be a “thrown” election, I guess you’ve forgotten that numerous voter recounts were taken, all ending up supporting the election results:  Bush was clearly the winner!  Have you ever considered seeing a professional regarding your ongoing denial/anger issues?  In case you didn’t know, the anger you continue to hold only hurts you, because you simply can’t change the reality that your side lost the election, fair and square.

nanblan says:

Hmmmm, I’m sure that the 911 attacks were implemented by Cheney, given that he was in office for only 9 months when they occurred.  Anyone would be stupid to think that it took only 9 months for the terrorists (or whoever you think was responsible,) to plan, train and carry out such a coordinated attack.  The plans and training were obviously conducted while Clinton was in office, so your claims that Cheney was responsible are absolutely ridiculous.  You can forget about any accusations of war crimes, because they’re nonexistent . . . unless you take a look at the current administration, which is responsible for numerous crimes against humanity . . .  and for violating U.S. law.
For example, our constitution forbids the deliberate assassination of world leaders, yet Obama decided to throw this law out the window by taking out Osama bin Laden and Kaddafi at simple whims. What truly should have happened, according to law, would have been to capture these U.S. enemies rather than kill them.  Last, but most disgraceful, is the outright assassination of an American citizen (Al-Awakes) despite his anti-American activities. Your “Dictator in Chief” seems to think that he can bypass Congress and our Constitution in order to pick and choose the dictators/criminals he wants to take out.  He’s the one that

nanblan says:

He should, at the very minimum, be “censured,” by the House of Representatives for this extreme violation of ethical conduct.  Preferably, he should be “expelled,” by the same body, which requires a two-thirds vote.  Both types of disciplinary procedures are allowed by Congress through the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 5, giving each House of Congress the authority to “punish its Members” for misconduct.  Expulsion would be the fastest, most effective way to remove Kruger from office.  Barring that, the state of Maine should feel obligated to vote him out, regardless of political persuasion.  After all, this miserable excuse for a human being is calling for the execution of a former Vice President,, and is unequivocally unfit for national office.
 This is definitely a situation that both Democrats and Republicans should automatically and immediately deplore.  Just imagine if another member of Congress were to call for the execution of V.P. Biden . . . the response by the left would amount to a civil uprising. 

spartins says:

Dick Cheney is a war criminal. He didnt want events of 9-11 investigated.WHY? HE WAS IN COMPLETE   control on morning of 9-11 war games. History will condem him. Just because a person is elected doesnt mean he cant be prosecuted. We have the supreme court to thank for BUSH-CHENEY  remember that thrown election? This country cant get its own elections right but we distory orther countries for what we ourselves are quitly for! GOD help us bring morality to our political system. History will shed light on Cheney I guarntee that!  Stop talking about executions before  war crimes are brought forth! Quilty before trial?

Watcher says:

Not surprisingly, the newspapers recently purchased by two of Maine’s monster Liberals (Sussman and Pingree) have yet to report this story.

PoliticallyRight says:

“it’s a tempest in a teapot.”  Kind of like mural-gate and the 101 other stupid media attacks we have seen over the last year and a half about Paul LePage?

loveisabraindisorder says:

Wow! This story grew legs. I read it on Yahoo. Hmmm, wonder why I didn’t read about this in the Sentinel?

 tempest in a teapot? Or insight?

CrisEdwardJohnson says:

A diatribe ove a stupid tweet from last August isn’t a media storm, it’s a tempest in a teapot.

It was a truly dumb thing for Chuck Kruger to do. Maine Wire’s exploitation is even dumber.

This story reminds me of a Jim Carey movie.

EastofChamberlainNorth says:

It’s true–if a Republican had made the statement he or she would be out on the street and disgraced for life.  Not so on the other side of the aisle, where the ends justify the means, regardless of how evil and full of hatred they are.

 The MTM papers haven’t even printed anything regarding this issue. They’re probably hoping it will die before they have to print something.

Thank you for the details, Patriot. Much appreciated. I believe, in fact, this may be the section you want:

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/879

18 USC § 879 – Threats against former Presidents and certain other persons

Current as of Tuesday, February 21, 2012 – up to Pub L 112-90

(a) Whoever knowingly and willfully threatens to kill, kidnap, or inflict bodily harm upon—
(1) a former President or a member of the immediate family of a former President;
(2) a member of the immediate family of the President, the President-elect, the Vice President, or the Vice President-elect;
(3) a major candidate for the office of President or Vice President, or a member of the immediate family of such candidate; or
(4) a person protected by the Secret Service under section 3056 (a)(6);
shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.

GabrielNelson says:

I’m glad you guys are getting the recognition you deserve  and that the larger world knows about some of the very murky political lib activities in Maine–like the Sussman/Pingree control of the state largest newspaper in addition to buying off elections.  it’s disgusting.

Patroit says:

The Attorney General of Maine should immediately charge Rep Kruger with a major violation of U.S. Code Title 18 which states:
 (a)
Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits
for conveyance in the mail or for a delivery from any post office or by
any letter carrier any letter, paper, writing, print, missive, or
document containing any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to
inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States, the
President-elect, the Vice President or other officer next in the order
of succession to the office of President of the United States, or the
Vice President-elect, or knowingly and willfully otherwise makes any
such threat against the President, President-elect, Vice President or
other officer next in the order of succession to the office of
President, or Vice President-elect, shall be fined under this title or
imprisoned not more than five years, or both.Kruger should be in jail

Ty Coon says:

Kruger, exemplifies the cold-blooded Nature of all Demonrats !! These are the heathens that have two Sacraments to the Alter of Fascism: 1) abortion on demand paid for FREE , 2) homosexuality:to be taught at our schools, to enact separate Laws for them, and to allow them to be Boy Scout leaders, day care owners, etc., all so that their prey are readily available ! Demonrats: have similar mind sets as the Inca’s , had…

Organicgardener says:

Maybe you can get Nemitz to ‘cherry-pick’ other KRUGER RANTS?

 Seems to me the FBI should be paying Kruger a visit, to determine whether his threat-speech should be taken seriously.

minnehonk says:

 Nancy, I believe that you and Kruger are inhaling the same substance that results in short term memory loss, read the article again, SLOWLY or have someone read you the sentence, ” On Dirigo Blue’s weekly radio show, Kruger apologized for his statements” also, could  you please name the person  the Governor has ever made the Kruger statement to, or are you going to plead  ” I don’t remember”?

bit_torrent says:

You pay attention Nancy, Kruger advocated execution/murder
of an esteemed retired (n0n active) Vice President. V.P.
Cheney has more class in his little finger than you and this
bonehead Kruger together. He must resign…no questions.

One could site thousands upon thousands of examples of
blatant hypocrisy the liberal power brokers (sic) commit
daily yet there is no outrage from the brain dead lemmings
that worship at the alter of socialism.

Liberals are truly a foolish bunch that has to resort to racism, class
warfare and lies to keep the lazy and ignorant forever in the dark for their
message, their vision for our nation is truly disastrous.

NancyEH says:

Mr. Kruger did apologize. Will Governor LePage ever do the same?