published Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey makes Obama-al-Qaida remark on Twitter

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NASHVILLE — Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey's tweet Wednesday charging President Barack Obama with attempting to "ally" the U.S. with al-Qaida in Syria's civil war is generating demands by Democrats that he apologize.

Ramsey, the Senate speaker, earlier tweeted that "as the president attempts to ally w/ Al-Qaida in syria's civil war, we must always remember who attacked us on our soil 12 years ago."

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron condemned Ramsey's message and said Ramsey, the state Senate speaker, "should fire whoever wrote such an outrageous, dishonest, misleading, incendiary, unpatriotic and dangerous attack on our nation's president and on Republican leaders like Senators [Bob] Corker and [John] McCain and House Speaker [John] Boehner and even the military Leaders working with them."

Herron said in his statement that "many of us are unsure about how to proceed in Syria, but whoever wrote that tweet dishonors the victims of 9/11 and our military men and women who are doing all they can to stop more children and parents from being gassed and killed."

State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley, said Ramsey's "divisive rhetoric dishonors the memory of those who died on this day" and accused the lieutenant governor being either "grossly misinformed or he has decided to be a partisan, instead of a patriot. He should apologize immediately."

Ramsey spokesman Adam Kleinheider did not respond Wednesday to a request for comment.

Contact staff writer Andy Sher at asher@timesfreepress.com or 615-255-0550.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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