A Republican state legislator in New Hampshire posted on Facebook questioning the attempted-assassination charges against the man who allegedly shot at the White House last week.
State Rep. Jason Antosz (R-Epping) wrote on his Facebook wall Thursday, the same day that Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez was arrested by federal officials, that he did not believe the case rose to an assassination attempt, describing it as more of a "lucky shot."
"An Idaho man accused of firing two shots at the White House exterior last week has been charged with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama or his staff. Are Your Kidding me?" Antosz wrote on Facebook. "The Obama family according to sources was not even in Washington. It was a lucky shot via driving by on Pennsylvania Avenue. The president has the safety security in our history, it's near impossible to kill a U.S. President with today's secret service protocols and vehicle technologies."
Antosz did not return several messages left for comment. A woman answering the phone at his Epping address said that Antosz did not live there anymore and declined to provide a new home phone number.
Ortega-Hernandez was arrested on Nov. 17 following a Nov. 11 incident in which he allegedly shot at the White House with an assault rifle. An Idaho resident, Ortega-Hernandez has been described by friends as having made threats against Obama in the past. In a tape auditioning for "The Oprah Winfrey Show," Ortega-Hernandez ranted against the federal government.
Antosz, a Tea Party-backed Republican, was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2010. A member of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, he describes himself as "a Conservative Republican and advocate of Community Service, Pro-Life, and Patriotism" on his website.
According to the website, he is also a member of the National Rifle Association and the Knights of Columbus and a former volunteer firefighter in Epping. He lists his platform positions including a smaller state government and state budget, protection of rivers, support of homeschooling, low or no taxes, transparency in government and support for the Second Amendment.