JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) — A Republican candidate for United States Congress suspended his campaign today saying he’s recently received anonymous threats.
Clint Tribble made the announcement this morning, ending his challenge of 1st district Congressman Phil Roe in the upcoming Republican primary.
“We have received countless anonymous threats during this campaign in one form or another, most of them demanding I quit campaigning,” Tribble said in an emailed news release. “Some of them seemed harmless, some far more serious.”
Tribble’s departure came just hours before a scheduled interview with News Channel 11.
No other candidates opposed Roe in the Republican primary.
“Let me be clear, I do not believe my opponent or his campaign have anything whatsoever to do with these threats,” Tribble said.
In recent weeks, YouTube videos showed Tribble fiercely criticizing Phil Roe’s record calling him an establishment candidate who’d turned his back on veterans. By Friday afternoon, the videos had been removed from YouTube and from his campaign website.
In the statement, Tribble said he didn’t feel he could put his family “in harm’s way,” and he said he would refund all campaign contributions.
“I also wish Congressman Phil Roe the best, and I know he will continue to do a good job for the people of East Tennessee.Copyright 2016 WJHL. All rights reserved.