Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tragedy in Arkansas

The chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party died Wednesday, after being shot at the state’s Party headquarters in Little Rock.

Police gave chase to a suspect apparently fleeing the scene and, after a high-speed chase, he was killed by police.

Reaction from other politicos was swift…

Sen. Obama; “I was shocked and saddened to hear about the tragedy in Arkansas. We're all grateful for the quick action of law enforcement and quick thinking by Chairman Gwatney's staff, and Michelle and I are keeping him and his family in our prayers.”

DNC Chair Howard Dean; “his senseless tragedy comes as a shock to all of us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chairman Gwatney and his family and we pray for his full and speedy recovery. While the investigation of this shooting continues, and our primary concern remains with Bill and his family, we commend the courageous and speedy action of law enforcement officials in apprehending the suspect.”

Karen Ray, executive director of the Republican Party of Arkansas; “Our hearts go out to everyone at the Democratic headquarters. What a tragedy.”

President & Senator Clinton; “We are stunned and shaken by today's shooting at the Arkansas Democratic Party where our good friend and fellow Democrat Bill Gwatney was critically wounded. […] Bill is not only a strong chairman of Arkansas' Democratic Party, but he is also a cherished friend and confidante. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill and his family today…”

More as it becomes known… we at TBWA express our thoughts and prayers for the family and friends of Mr. Gwatney through this difficult time.

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