Gabby Gifford, for one, denounced it.A press release by the Arizona Republican Party which shows Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) opponent on a "wanted" poster riddled with bullet holes, has been denounced by Democrats, including former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), 12 News reported Thursday.The poster was delivered personally to McCain's opponent Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ)'s office by Kevin Kuk, chief of operations for the Arizona Republican Party, 12 News reported. It gained criticism because of the bullet holes and struck a chord with Giffords who barely survived a 2011 shooting that left her with a severe brain injury
Matt Specht, who is running the GOP campaign against Kirkpatrick, said that they would not apologize and it was not offensive.Of course not, if, that is, everyone in the Arizona Republican party hq is brain dead.
"Nobody, including the hundreds of reporters who received the press release with the image, linked it to violence until the Kirkpatrick campaign tried to use it as a way to distract the media from Ann Kirkpatrick's absence from the campaign trail," he told the station. .[my bolding]