Kentucky candidate takes heat for tweeting he'd like to use congressman for target practice

Kentucky candidate takes heat for tweeting he'd like to use congressman for target practice
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A GOP candidate for Kentucky secretary of state is taking heat after he joked on Tuesday that he wants to use Rep. John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Kentucky Democrat: McConnell's agenda driven by 'power without a purpose' MORE (D-Ky.) for target practice. 

Carl Nett, who used to work in the Secret Service, was replying to a tweet from Yarmuth boasting about his "F" rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA). 

"Move it over just a bit," Nett said in a now-deleted tweet. "I was trained center mass."

Nett later tweeted that he has protected with his life politicians with whom he disagreed, such as former President Obama and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonImpeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP GOP divided over impeachment trial strategy 'Too Far Left' hashtag trends on Twitter MORE.   

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However, Nett's original tweet quickly came under scrutiny, with the FBI's Louisville branch announcing they were probing the matter. 

"FBI Louisville is aware of the tweet and is working with our law enforcement partners to determine the best course of action," spokesman David Habich told The Courier-Journal.

A spokesman from Yarmuth's office told the publication that the Capitol Police were also aware of the situation. 

Yarmuth's tweet on Monday was in reference to the nationwide anti-gun violence March for Our Lives protest set for Saturday in cities across the country.