Town official who called for Obama to be shot resigns committees

Aug. 29, 2013 at 4:30 PM
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SABATTUS, Maine, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- A Maine man who was questioned by the Secret Service after calling for President Barack Obama to be shot says he resigned from three volunteer town committees.

David Marsters, 68 -- a retired police officer who is running for town selectman -- said he notified the Sabattus Board of Selectmen by email Thursday he is quitting his assignments on committees dealing with budget and ordinance review and town charter matters, the Portland Press Herald reported.

The board was scheduled to meet Thursday night to consider removing Marsters from the committees because he had posted "Shoot the [N-word] ... ," accompanied by a photo of Obama, on his Facebook page Aug. 23.

Secret Service agents questioned Marsters Tuesday.

Town Manager Andrew Gilmore said in a news release Thursday the town accepted Marsters' resignation. Gilmore thanked Marsters for "sparing the town and community further spectacle," the newspaper reported.

Marsters said his Facebook post resulted from frustration over what Obama is "doing to the country."

He told the newspaper Tuesday the response to his online post is "a lot of hogwash."

"I did not threaten the president. ... I might have used the wrong words. ... I didn't say I was going to do it," he said.

"What I really meant to say is, 'When are we going to get rid of this [expletive],'" he said. "I should have said, 'I hope the bastard dies.'"

Marsters said he plans to keep running for selectman.

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