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Inside Story: Party Chair Jokes About Guns in Voting Booths

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From Phil Williams:

It doesn't matter whether they're Democrat or Republican -- both political parties want to score points against the other.

But even some Democrats were rolling their eyes over how one of their own recently tried to make a point.

Go to the Tennessee Democratic Party's website, and you'll find a news release that -- shall we say -- takes aim at the new Republican majority in the state legislature.

The question is: does it miss its target?

The new Democratic Party chairman, Chip Forrester, takes issue with the Republicans putting their own people on local election commissions -- just as the Democrats had done when they were in power.

In his news release, Forrester writes: "The Republican takeover of the Tennessee General Assembly has impacted county election offices across the state, as GOP leaders have begun replacing law-abiding commissioners for purely partisan reasons."

So what's Forrester's solution?

It's time, he writes, to let Tennesseans start carrying guns into the voting booth.

"With the Republicans removing fair-minded Election Coordinators across the state for partisan reasons, Democrats need to be able to carry their guns to protect their voting rights."

Those are his words.

Forrester adds, "And if anyone has a problem with guns in voting booths, they should just check the date and get over it."

The date of Forrester's news release was April 1st -- apparently, it's his idea of an April Fools joke.

Forrester says he doesn't have any regrets. He says, "It was simply a joke -- not to be taken seriously."

But even some party insiders are asking: does anyone really find the idea of threatening to shoot election officials to be all that funny?

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