MURFREESBORO, Tenn.- A local newspaper has brought fresh controversy to the old rivalry between incumbent Diane Black and challenger Lou Ann Zelenik.
On Sunday, the The Murfreesboro Post put out an article that featured a photoshopped picture of Lou Ann Zelenik pointing a gun at a photo of Diane Black's head. When notified about the graphic, both candidates were outraged.
Lou Ann Zelenik said the picture was altered from a campaign flyer expressing her support for Second Amendment rights.
"I am disappointed and outraged at the photo. I have had numerous death threats on my life and using a photo of me shooting a gun and then photoshopping it is absolutely awful," said Zelenik " I am all for freedom of the press, but when they put something like this on the front of it to get more people to read the ads or read the paper its despicable. What has our nation come to?"
Representative Diane Black took issue with the cover, and the article inside, saying "It's hard to see how the photo meets any standards of decency or journalistic ethics. It is unfortunate that this publication would stoop so low in their attacks against Diane Black."
As for the Murfreesboro Post, they said the cover was not intended to advocate violence, but was meant to focus on the ongoing battle between the two.