Tennessee Republican Kelly Keisling forwarded an e-mail from a conservative blogger to his constituents which alleged that President Obama would attempt to stage an assassination attempt on his life in an effort to keep the 2012 presidential election from happening.
According to The Huffington Post, Keisling, a state representative in Tennessee, used his state e-mail account to forward the conspiracy theory to his constituents.
Rep. Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown) sent an email from his state email account to constituents containing a rumor that Obama and the Department of Homeland Security are planning a series of events that could lead to the imposition of “martial law” and delay the election. Among the events hypothesized in the email is a staged assassination attempt on the president that would lead to civil unrest in urban areas and martial law.
Keisling appears to have forwarded a more widely circulated email from Joe Angione, a Florida-based conservative blogger. Angione prefaces the rumor by saying it has not been confirmed but likewise notes it has not been denied. Angione also writes that people need to work to prevent the rumor from becoming reality.
Keisling’s temporary assistant said that the e-mail was sent at the legislator’s request under the name of someone who was identified as Keisling’s assistant, but that Keisling did not give a reason for why he wanted it sent.