California GOP Candidate Wants To ‘Issue Hunting Permits’ For Conservatives To ‘Thin’ The Liberal ‘Herd’

In California’s 11th congressional district, there are four people running for the Republican nomination in the June primary election. One of the front-runners is Brad Goehring, who posted a message on his Facebook wall this week, declaring “hunting season” on liberals:

If I could issue hunting permits, I would officially declare today opening day for liberals. The season would extend through November 2 and have no limits on how many taken as we desperately need to “thin” the herd.

Goehring has reportedly taken down the post, but the Political Blotter captured a screenshot:

Goehring’s campaign has since said that the call for conservatives to shoot liberals was just a “metaphor” and “wasn’t meant to to be taken literally.” Local Fox station KTVU went around Pleasanton, CA and interviewed Republicans, almost all of whom condemned Goehring’s post. Even a man wearing a t-shirt with President Obama’s face crossed out said that what Goehring wrote was “pretty insane.” In fact, KTVU said that the “only person” it found to agree with Goehring was “a young woman sporting a confederate flag in her car.” “Yeah, I like it,” she said. “Because there’s too many liberals.” Watch it: