Democratic candidate Russ Warner on Monday highlighted video of California Assemblyman Mike Morrell (R) telling a church audience that government officials “should be shot.”


"Government picks winners and losers. So what I decided to do in California, study how good of a job does government do with our tax money in helping the poor. Somehow I don't think you guys think they do very well. Well, let me tell ya. Let me tell ya. It ain't very good. I mean, it's, they should be shot," Morrell said at the Christian Principle Resource Conference in September.

He complained that the California bureaucracy was expensive and ineffective. Morrell added that churches and non-profit organizations shouldn't be in competition with the government.

Warner and Morrell are vying for California's newly-redrawn 40th State Assembly District, which is evenly divided among Democrats and Republicans.

Warner said in a statement that Morrell was “too extreme for our democracy.”

“Advocating violence against Americans and our California Legislature is a fundamental betrayal of the oath of office he swore back in 2010,” he said. “I call upon Mike Morrell to disavow these shameful remarks immediately.”

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube, below. (Morrell's comments begin at the 31:15 mark.)