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Hanging remark out of context, says speaker

SPOKANE, Wash. —An organizer of a weekend tea party gathering in eastern Washington says she was the speaker who called for one of the state's Democratic U.S. senators to be hanged, drawing applause from the crowd.

Dianne Capps of Clarkston admitted Thursday night that she made the remark about Sen. Patty Murray, but said it was taken out of context. She says she meant that Murray should be voted out of office in November.

Capps' comments Saturday at the gathering in Asotin, Wash., were captured by television station KLEW in Lewiston, Idaho.

She told the crowd that Murray should suffer the same fate as the character Jake in the western "Lonesome Dove." She said: "He got hung. And that's what I want to do with Patty Murray."

Capps initially denied to the Associated Press that she made the comments. She said Thursday the rest of the statement was that she wanted to "hang Patty Murray, by vote."

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