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Death threats mark a new low in local politics

By Scott Tibbs, October 14, 2008

On a local discussion forum, Greg Travis (husband of failed Monroe County Commissioner candidate Sophia Travis), writing under the pseudonym "mimicus", has taken to posting death threats directed at Republicans.

I'm surprised that the husband of a countywide elected official would take this big of a risk with just five weeks to go before the election. Sophia Travis, before a failed attempt to unseat Iris Kiesling that was rejected by Democratic Party primary voters, was elected to an at-large seat on the Monroe County Council in 2004. Mrs. Travis then served as president of the County Council in 2006. Her term is up on January 1.

Mr. Travis seems to be coming unhinged as the election gets closer, hence the hysterical death threats. The question is what do local elected Democrats, specifically Monroe County Council member Sophia Travis, think of the death threats posted by Greg Travis? Four years ago, Mrs. Travis, along with Warren Henegar and Michael Woods, took a clean campaign pledge. One of the bullet points is this: "Candidates will not engage in personal attacks on their opponents, and shall promptly and publicly repudiate any such attacks made on their behalf by supporters or interest groups."

If these three Democrats were serious about this pledge, they would repudiate the death threats posted by Greg Travis. Furthermore, I call on all elected Democrats to repudiate these offensive remarks, making it very clear that threats of violence have absolutely no place in local political discourse. Sophia Travis should be the first one to repudiate these threats.



The posts, along with screenshots, are below.

Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:09 am
I agree with RK, that this was inappropriate.
No surprise that a royalist like the Raving Churl would worry that Marie Antoinette might face the guillotine. But a surprise that VV apparently thinks Phil Gramm hasn't earned the hangman's noose.

We hanged Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) for treason after World War II. Give me a reason why Rush Limbaugh should not face the same fate.
Tue Sep 30, 2008 1:06 pm
My point is that people shouldn't threaten violence against other others.
Of course they should. It's called "self-defense." If someone breaks into my house and starts wrecking it, I'm going to hit, or shoot, him. And here's my threat: if you break into my house, and wreck it, I will find you. And then I will shoot you.
I may have misunderstood an attack on the Bushies as something more egregious, but it's mostly moot now.
Not "the Bushies." Republicans. The Republican Party, A.K.A. The Party That Wrecked America.

When the Party of Bourbon wrecked France, Louie-Auguste owned their failure when the guillotine came down on him, for treason, in 1793.

When the Party of Romanov wrecked Russia, Nikolay Romanov owned their failure, shot in a trench for treason, in 1917.

We will make sure that the Republican tyrants own their failure, and that the tree of liberty is refreshed with their blood.
Tue Sep 30, 2008 2:38 pm
Perhaps Raving Churl is using the time he would ordinarily be writing about the new office park off the highway to dig himself a bunker. Don't worry, we'll find you anyways.
What do you mean by that?
Mimicus means we'll find you. Look for the entry titled "Day of Reckoning" and mark it.