Allison Kilkenny: Unreported

Top Tampa GOP Figure Circulates Joke About Killing Obama

Posted in Barack Obama, politics by allisonkilkenny on October 15, 2008

Tampa Bay Online

Al Austin, a longtime, high-level Republican fundraiser from Tampa, today sent to his list of political contacts an e-mail containing a joke that refers to the assassination of Barack Obama.

Al Austin/ Tribune file photo

When asked about the e-mail, Austin said it was a mistake and apologized and that he wouldn’t knowingly have circulated it. He said he planned to send an apology and retraction to the same e-mail list.

The joke concerns a group of schoolchildren discussing the definition of “tragedy” as opposed to “great loss” or “accident.” The punch line comes when one child says that if an airplane carrying Obama and his wife, Michelle, “was struck by a ‘friendly fire’ missile and blown to smithereens,” the event might be a tragedy “because it certainly wouldn’t be a great loss, and it probably wouldn’t be an accident either.”

Austin acknowledged sending the e-mail to his list of political contacts but said he forwarded it without fully reading it and didn’t know what it said. That list included at least two reporters.

According to the forwarding history on the e-mail, it had gone through at least two other individuals before being sent to Austin on Tuesday.

Austin, a prominent real estate developer long known as one of the state’s leading Republican campaign fundraisers, has served in recent years as finance chairman for both the national and state Republican parties.

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  1. AITB said, on October 15, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    You’re not helping, Al! Stay off the Internets, genius! What a fvcktard! He’s obviously been in the sun too long. See what we have to deal with here? For those Spring Breakers who think we’re shaking our heads to lose the sand, WRONG! It’s ’cause we’ve run into these mentally-challenged, grotesquely-unscrupulous, self-incriminating individuals like our buddy Al. You’re not helping, Gomer!

  2. Monoxboogie said, on October 16, 2008 at 3:51 am

    But he looks so friendly. I just want to hug him. Take him home, maybe feed him a cup of hot coco and read him the Prince and the Pauper

  3. xxGWARxx said, on October 16, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Wow…Does he not remember he is a politician? That maybe he should read emails before sending them out? BULLSHIT! He did exactly what some of us have already done. He accidentally sent it to way more people than he meant to….


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