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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 is Editor Emeritus of The Maine Wire and currently producer for the Howie Carr Show. Follow him on Twitter @Stevie_Rob or send him an email at Steve@HowieCarrShow.com.

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  1. NancyEH

    April 13, 2012 at 7:13 AM

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

  2. bit_torrent

    April 13, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    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.

  3. minnehonk

    April 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM

     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”?

  4. Naran Row-Spaulding

    April 13, 2012 at 9:47 AM

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

  5. Organicgardener

    April 13, 2012 at 10:15 AM

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

  6. Ty Coon

    April 13, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    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…

  7. Patroit

    April 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    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

  8. GabrielNelson

    April 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    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.

  9. Naran Row-Spaulding

    April 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    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.

  10. Naran Row-Spaulding

    April 13, 2012 at 12:24 PM

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

  11. EastofChamberlainNorth

    April 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    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.

  12. CrisEdwardJohnson

    April 13, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    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.

  13. Rocky Marshall

    April 14, 2012 at 7:18 AM

     tempest in a teapot? Or insight?

  14. loveisabraindisorder

    April 14, 2012 at 11:14 AM

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

  15. PoliticallyRight

    April 14, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    “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?

  16. Watcher

    April 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM

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

  17. spartins

    April 14, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    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?

  18. nanblan

    April 15, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    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. 

  19. nanblan

    April 15, 2012 at 5:06 AM

    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

  20. nanblan

    April 15, 2012 at 5:08 AM

    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.

  21. Dominofrost

    April 15, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    Saddam got a trial.  Cheney will never see one.

  22. Tippytoejoe

    April 16, 2012 at 5:33 AM

    as should be

  23. Kent_Dorfman

    April 18, 2012 at 4:50 AM

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

  24. Kent_Dorfman

    April 18, 2012 at 4:54 AM

    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?

  25. JJFW

    April 20, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Rep Kruger should resign after that threat.

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