GILFORD — Conservative activist David "Skip" Murphy has apologized for posting on his blog GraniteGrok what Democrats say is an inappropriate joke about President Barack Obama dying in a plane crash.

The punch line referred to the intentional murder of the president by a farmer and was posted sometime Friday morning. As of 5 p.m. Friday, it had been removed from the blog.

Under the heading "apologies to those that this joke truly offended" Murphy wrote, "Unlike others, I have never wished physical harm upon anyone from the other side of the aisle. It was not my intention to imply such..."

Murphy went on to say that his reason for posting the joke was because it implied that the Obama administration was untrustworthy and untruthful.

Democrats were quick to pounce. Through a widely circulated e-mail the state committee called on Republican candidates to "denounce this outrageous behavior" and to disassociate themselves from Murphy and his website.

"Murphy's GraniteGrok is a go-to site for Republican candidates and party leaders, and has endorsed numerous Republican candidates such as John Stephen, Frank Giunta and several state senate and legislative candidates," said State Democratic Party Press Secretary Harrell Kirstein.

In November 2009, one of the original founders of GraniteGrok, Gilford conservative Doug Lambert, made offensive comments about the sexual orientation of Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley on his birthday.

Although he too apologized for his statements, he stopped contributing to GraniteGrok, lost his weekly column in The Laconia Daily Sun and stepped down from his position on the Gilford Budget Committee.

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