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GOP district chairman resigns over Hillary Clinton comment

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published June 25, 2014 at 12:32 p.m.

The 2nd District chairman of the Republican Party has resigned Wednesday, a day after he was quoted saying Hillary Rodham Clinton might "get shot" in Arkansas if she ran for president.

U.S. News reported this week that Johnny Rhoda made the statement after being asked about what support Clinton would get in Arkansas if she runs.

"She'd probably get shot at the state line," Rhoda was quoted as saying, adding later: "Nobody has any affection for her. The majority don't."

Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb said in a statement that Rhoda resigned Wednesday from his post as 2nd District Republican chairman.

"He was apologetic for the statements he made to media yesterday and although he feels he was taken out of context, he knows that his statements have created an unnecessary distraction from the important issues before the State today," Webb said. "Johnny has been active in this Party for decades and all members of the Republican Party sincerely thank him for his service. I have accepted his resignation which is effective immediately.”

On Tuesday, Democratic lieutenant governor nominee John Burkhalter condemned Rhoda's statement and noted that his Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, in 2010 named Rhoda the Van Buren County chairman for Griffin's 2010 run for Congress.

In a statement Wednesday, Griffin responded that Rhoda has not been affiliated with his campaign for lieutenant governor. He also called Rhoda's remarks about Clinton "inappropriate" and "offensive."

"Mr. Rhoda's decision to resign from his position with the Arkansas Republican Party is the right one for him, the Party and Arkansas," Griffin said.

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aimee says... June 25, 2014 at 2:17 p.m.

Would that MORE Republicans would see fit to resign..!!!!

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jkc78 says... June 25, 2014 at 4:38 p.m.

Why so Obama can ruin this country even faster?

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HOTDEMN says... June 25, 2014 at 4:55 p.m.

No, so that Fox Noise and Rust Limburger wouldn't have an audience for their poison and the country could get about the business of healing the destruction that the Bush Dynasty wrought. Anybody that believes that President Obama is the problem is a fool.

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ArkansasDJ says... June 25, 2014 at 5:03 p.m.

I think he was speaking the truth metaphorically. The Clinton's have done nothing for Arkansas. When they were in a position to do something they moved to New York. That should tell a lot of truth.

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rback57 says... June 25, 2014 at 5:09 p.m.

Anybody who does not blame the current president after 5 plus years of the community organizer's regime is a partisan idiot.

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carpenterretired says... June 25, 2014 at 5:39 p.m.

Sounds as if Rhoda is a excellent republican .

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Dondi says... June 25, 2014 at 5:44 p.m.

Duct Tape can't fix stupid.

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FreeSpiritMan says... June 25, 2014 at 6:42 p.m.

rback57 ... blame him for anything specific, or just everything in general?

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... June 25, 2014 at 6:43 p.m.

ArkansasDJ, the Clinton's have done something for Arkansas, they left.

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djigoo says... June 25, 2014 at 9:55 p.m.

Don't you just hate how the DJIA has doubled since BHO took office?

Don't you just hate how Obamacare is turning out to be an even better deal than originally imagined?

Don't you just hate realizing you've been played like a pinball machine by Rupert Murdoch?

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