An Arizona Democrat said that he "wanted to punch" a female Republican colleague in the state legislature "in the throat" over the passage of school choice legislation she introduced, according to the Arizona Capitol Times.
State Rep. Jesus Rubalcava, a Democrat, said that his desire to attack Republican state Sen. Debbie Lesko was because of the way that Lesko was "prancing around" after her legislation passed.
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"I wanted to punch her in the throat," Rubalcava wrote on his Facebook page.
Rubalcava initially declined to apologize for the violent statement, but has since deleted his post and expressed remorse.
I was raised in a household where violence was not tolerated; especially against woman. I apologize to @DebbieLesko for my FB post.
— Jesus Rubalcava (@Rubalcava4House) April 13, 2017
Lesko said that she didn't even know who Rubalcava was, but that the "threat of physical violence is not something I expect from my colleagues."
Lesko's bill, passed by the legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey last week, made all of Arizona's students eligible for the state's voucher system.
Rubalcava is currently under investigation by the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission for possible violations during the 2016 election such as failing to disclose payments made to family members who worked on his campaign, according to the Arizona Capital Times.