Dem who called for Fla. governor to be shot now pleads for ‘civility’

By David Edwards
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 16:11 EDT
google plus icon
  • Print Friendly and PDF
  • Email this page

Republicans do not hold a monopoly on violent political rhetoric.

A former Democratic congressman, who recently called for Florida’s new Republican Governor Rick Scott to be “shot,” now wants to restore “civility” in public discourse.

“We all lose an element of freedom when security considerations distance public officials from the people,” former Pennsylvania Rep. Paul Kanjorski wrote in Tuesday’s New York Times. “Therefore, it is incumbent on all Americans to create an atmosphere of civility and respect in which political discourse can flow freely, without fear of violent confrontation.”

Violent political rhetoric has come under immense criticism in recent days after a mass shooting in Arizona killed six and put a Democratic congresswoman in the hospital.

Republicans have largely born the brunt of the media’s outcry, largely due to their pervasive use of firearm terms and imagery in public discourse; but in the run-up to last year’s midterm elections, Kanjorski came out as one of the season’s worst offenders.

Speaking to the Scranton Times-Tribune, he remarked that Rick Scott, then the Republican candidate for governor of Florida, should be put “against the wall” and executed.

“That Scott down there that’s running for governor of Florida,” he reportedly said. “Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to have him and shoot him. Put him against the wall and shoot him.”

“He stole billions of dollars from the United States government and he’s running for governor of Florida. He’s a millionaire and a billionaire. He’s no hero. He’s a damn crook. It’s just we don’t prosecute big crooks,” he concluded.

“Mr. Kanjorski is either confident or comfortable – confident voters will understand the power of his seniority or what he really means when he says something cringe-worthy and re-elect him anyway, or comfortable with possibly losing Nov. 2 and wanting to go out on his terms,” the paper’s editorial board wrote.

Republican Lou Barletta went on to defeat Kanjorski with 55 percent of the vote.

In his post-election speech, Kanjorski called Barletta’s win “a victory of incredible proportions.”

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
By commenting, you agree to our terms of service
and to abide by our commenting policy.
  • Anonymous

    Florida threw out the only Congressman that had the guts to stand the ground his was elected to do. He called the Republicans the Charlatans they TRULY ARE! I’m talking about ALAN GRAYSON!! Florida voters have to be most gullible and shallow minded to earnestly believe the Fascist’s rhetoric of FUXX NUZZ, Rash Lump Oxballs, Gestapo Beck. Take the last election cycle, Republicans were screaming JOBS, JOBS, Where are the JOBS, after they were swept in by the obscene money they had been anointed with, First Order of business was, defending Family Planning, lying about that it financed ABORTIONS, WHICH IS AN OBSCENE LIE AND THOSE BASTARDS KNOW IT’S A LIE. NEXT: Defunding Health Care Reform, America!!!, your going to miss this one., Soon they will take their BOMB SITES on Social Security and when they PRIVITIZE the “Jewel of FDR, it you might as well give the money to Jack Abramoff who along with Ralph Reed WHO Corn holed the American Indians OUT OF MILLIONS OVER A $10.00 Permit signed by “Mental Deficient,” beer chugging, cocaine snorting President whose minions intimidated the pleasant folks in Florida to scare them away from the voting booth. Hell, you have his Lieutenant NOW has a residence in your state!! Beyond a shadow of a doubt, your quality of life would have been immensely improved and it certainly wouldn’t have gotten worse had Gore had become the President.