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Tea Partier Jokes About Assassinating Republican Sen. Susan Collins for Supporting Immigration Reform

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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During a Tea Party-sponsored conference call on Wednesday, a caller suggested Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, be assassinated over her support for immigration reform.

According to ThinkProgress, Stephen Miller, the communications director for Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Heritage Foundation research fellow Robert Rector participated in the conference call. At the time the assassination was mentioned, Miller was reportedly already off the call.

Hosted by the conservative Eagle Forum, a transcript of the call reads:

BOB FROM MAINE: I’m from Maine and our Tea Party will be meeting up next week. What is the best way that we can get our senator to listen to us?

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This judge looked an inmate square in the eyes and did something that left the entire courtroom in tears:

ANOTHER CALLER: Shoot her. [laughter]

MODERATOR: Yes, we will shoot her with…(inaudible) and phone calls.

Think Progress reported that there was no opposition voiced after the unidentified caller made the suggestion to shoot Collins.

Collins was the only Republican to co-sponsor an amendment to immigration reform that would allow same sex couples to petition for a visa for an immigrant partner. Bill sponsor Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., withdrew the amendment after concerns were raised by both Democrats and Republicans.

"I believe in my heart of hearts that what you're doing is the right and just thing," Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill, told Leahy. "But I believe this is the wrong moment, that this is the wrong bill."

Collins did not say how she would vote on comprehensive immigration reform, but she did approve of legislation from the bipartisan “gang of eight” while on the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

First voted into office in 1996, Collins has consistently voted to reject new gun control legislation and to reduce funding for Food Stamps.

Sources: ThinkProgress, Huffington Post