Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (file photo)
Sullivan County state Republican lawmaker Ron Ramsey's Tweet on the 12th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks accusing President Barack Obama of trying to become an ally with al-Qaida in Syria has generated controversy across the state,
Tennessee's lieutenant governor Tweeted the following on Wednesday morning:
“As the President attempts to ally w/ Al-Qaeda in Syria’s civil war, we must always remember who attacked us on our soil 12 years ago."
The Associated Press is reporting that Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron called on Ramsey to fire whoever wrote the Tweet, noting that Republicans U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and House Speaker John Boehner agreed with the president's call for a limited strike on Syria because of a chemical weapons attack.
Obama has since decided to pursue a diplomatic solution, in part through a Russian proposal to remove and eventually destroy Syria's chemical weapons, while holding out the possibility of military strikes.
Opponents to the intervention have noted Syrian rebel elements include al-Qaida-affiliated militants.
A Ramsey spokesman did not return a message from the AP seeking comment.
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