Fox News reported that Mr. Johnson then “unceremoniously chucked it in the garbage can.” News of the incident started as a rumor on social media before both Mr. Johnson and Mr. Petersen confirmed it to Fox News Wednesday.
Joe Hunter, communications director for the Johnson campaign, said the former New Mexico governor was “frustrated.”
“That’s why he tossed the gun,” Mr. Hunter told Fox News. “He wishes he hadn’t. He’s sorry he did it and that it has become an issue.”
He said Mr. Johnson was angry that almost immediately after giving him the pistol, Mr. Petersen started slamming Mr. Johnson’s running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld.
“That was very frustrating to Governor Johnson,” Mr. Hunter said. “And what he did with the gun was pure frustration.”
“It’s a very prized possession of mine,”
Mr. Petersen lamented.
“You don’t expect to get slighted like that.”
Mr. Petersen described the significance of the replica in a video shot right before he presented the gift to the party’s new nominee.
Onlookers retrieved the pistol from the trash soon after, and returned it to Mr. Peterson, who said he’s willing to move on, Fox News reported.
What is concerning to many voters is this type of 'knee-jerk' behavior and the capacity of Johnson to impulsively react before he has all the facts. Will it be a dangerous flaw in a man who wishes to hold the fate of humanity in his power?
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...