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11 January 2011

Another Macon Democrat Compares Political Opponents To KKK

Coming just a few weeks after Senate Democratic Leader Robert Brown found himself in hot water for equating his political opponents to the Ku Klux Klan, another Democrat from the middle Georgia city of Macon is suggesting the same of conservative commentators like Erick Erickson and Glenn Bleck.

In a posting on her Facebook page, Macon City Council member Elaine Lucas alluded to the white supremacist organization saying that right-leaning opinion makers shared some blame for the shooting rampage carried out at an event sponsored by Arizona Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords.

"Folks can try to rationalize this as just a crazy person, but in their hearts, they KNOW that the recklessness of people like Limbaugh, Beck, Erikkkson, Krokkk, Richardson, and Burgamy fan the flames of racial hatred and cause those already on the edge to snap and commit heinous acts like this," Lucas wrote.

A separate post from the Macon Democrat claimed that "Limbaugh, Beck, Krokkk, Erikkkson" were the "root cause of these people on the edge who put their hate words into action."

Despite these claims though, it doesn't appear that the accused gunman in the Giffords' shooting had links to any one political party or ideology.

Washington Post reporter Chris Cillizza reported Monday that suspected gunman Jared Lee Loughner was a registered independent.

Loughner registered to vote on Sept. 29, 2006, identifying himself as an independent. Records show he voted in the 2006 and 2008 elections but is current listed as "inactive" on the state's voter roles -- meaning that he did not vote in November.

Loughner's decision to affiliate as an independent rather than a Republican or Democrat would seem to affirm the sense that while he targeted Giffords in the attack, it was not a decision born of a set of deeply held political beliefs that fit neatly into either party.

Cillizza, Chris (2011-1-10). Jared Lee Loughner was a registered independent, didn't vote in 2010 election. Washington Post. Retrieved on 2011-1-11.