Originally posted by @stevemcc
"I refuse to resign for exercising my First Amendment rights, even though what I said was wrong," she said.
She should resign. In my opinion, zero-tolerance for such language on the part of an elected official.
Okay. What are those rights?
We have considered elsewhere the idea that an employee does not have a right to say whatever they want to say in the context of their employment. It is not that their words are illegal, just their job is not protected against the consequences if they psis off their employer.
I could see an argument that whatever this politician's right to free speech, her comment is not compatible with her position and status as an elected politician. After all, why should other politicians share a chamber with someone capable of recommending their assassination? [If she was not being serious then why is that better?]
One skill we do look for in a politician is the abillity to communicate and take responsibility for their words, especially in a very heated environment. This is a fail. Close the door as you leave.