Ohio GOP college group apologizes for 'domestic terrorist' email

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Posted at 11:47 AM, Apr 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-12 11:47:03-04

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The president of a college Republican group in Ohio has apologized for a fundraising email that referred to Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a "domestic terrorist."

Tom Ferrall is chairman of the Ohio College Republican Federation and a senior at the University of Dayton. He says the email was sent earlier this week without his approval by a third-party fundraising firm he wouldn't name.

Ferrall says his organization has severed ties with the firm. He says the email wasn't something he or the organization would ever endorse.

Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet after the email was publicized that such a message "puts me in danger every time."

The University of Dayton also said Ferrall improperly used his university mailing address to solicit funds and Ferrall agreed to stop.