STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Kentucky GOP candidate sorry for suggesting he'd shoot Dem congressman

A Republican candidate for Kentucky secretary of state has apologized after suggesting he'd like to use US Rep. John ...

Posted: Mar 21, 2018 5:08 PM
Updated: Mar 21, 2018 5:08 PM

A Republican candidate for Kentucky secretary of state has apologized after suggesting he'd like to use US Rep. John Yarmuth as target practice.

"I'm so proud of my @NRA rating, I'll wear it on my chest," Yarmuth, a Kentucky Democrat, posted on Twitter Monday, along with a picture of him wearing a "F" pin showing his rating from the National Rifle Association.

Carl Nett, whose campaign website says he's a former US Secret Service agent and CIA contractor, replied that Yarmuth should move the pin "over just a bit."

"I was trained center mass," he added, referring to the law enforcement tactic to hit a suspect's vital organs. Nett has since deleted the tweet.

After receiving backlash from Democrats and Republicans in his state, Nett later apologized on Twitter.

"To the extent that anyone, including and most especially Congressman Yarmuth or members of his family, felt sincerely threatened or even offended by today's social media post, I offer my sincere apology to them," he wrote.

The Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Ben Self slammed Nett's comments as "not only alarming but terribly offensive given the numerous shootings including on in Great Mills, Maryland today."

The Louisville GOP condemned Nett's comments and called it "especially disturbing in light of recent attacks on Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and our own Senator Rand Paul."

The Scott County GOP wrote on Twitter that it "will not tolerate, in any form, a suggestion or even a hint of violence against anyone" and rescinded its invitation for Nett to speak at an event Tuesday, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.

Before he apologized, Nett had initially responded that he protected Democrats like Barack Obama and the Clintons even though "I voted for none of them."

"I would have DIED for any of them. My oath is to the Constitution. ALL politicians should keep that oath, first and foremost," he wrote.

Nett later said he recognized his "attempt to be clever was far from clever."

"I now join the long list of imperfect human beings with 'foot-in-mouth' disease. Once again, I apologize to Congressman Yarmuth and his family and ask for their forgiveness," Nett tweeted.

The Louisville Division of the FBI told the Courier Journal it was aware of the tweet and is "working with our law enforcement partners to determine the best course of action."

West Lafayette
Clear
83° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 89°
Kokomo
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 85°
Rensselaer
Overcast
81° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 85°
Fowler
Overcast
81° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 85°
Williamsport
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 89°
Crawfordsville
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 79°
Frankfort
Clear
76° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 77°
Delphi
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 87°
Monticello
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 87°
Logansport
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 85°
Active Weather Pattern for the Work Week.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 74328

Reported Deaths: 3041
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion15860725
Lake7570275
Elkhart484384
Allen3902163
St. Joseph350081
Hamilton2763104
Vanderburgh196313
Hendricks1887108
Cass17959
Johnson1757118
Porter131639
Clark123347
Tippecanoe121111
Madison97965
LaPorte91130
Howard89065
Kosciusko85212
Bartholomew79347
Marshall78422
Floyd77946
Monroe75630
Delaware73052
Dubois69612
Boone67846
Noble67829
Hancock66038
Vigo65110
Jackson5865
Warrick58130
LaGrange55910
Shelby55327
Grant52630
Dearborn50828
Morgan47634
Clinton4343
Henry38320
Wayne37710
White36910
Montgomery35421
Lawrence34627
Harrison33823
Decatur33732
Putnam2888
Miami2742
Daviess27320
Scott26810
Greene25034
Jasper2432
Franklin24214
DeKalb2324
Gibson2254
Jennings22512
Steuben2103
Ripley2087
Carroll1912
Fayette1897
Perry18612
Starke1787
Orange17124
Posey1710
Wabash1693
Fulton1682
Wells1682
Jefferson1632
Knox1540
Whitley1526
Washington1401
Tipton13810
Spencer1363
Sullivan1261
Huntington1223
Randolph1224
Clay1215
Newton11810
Adams1012
Jay910
Owen901
Pulaski831
Rush804
Fountain742
Brown731
Ohio655
Blackford642
Benton610
Pike530
Switzerland520
Vermillion520
Parke511
Crawford450
Martin450
Union410
Warren221
Unassigned0206

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events