Civil Air Patrol commander accused of threatening KS Rep. resigns, suspended

Published: Feb. 1, 2017 at 5:49 AM CST
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The commander of a Civil Air Patrol squadron in Emporia stepped down following threats he made toward a state representative from Overland Park.

According to the U.S. Air Force, Jonathan Holder resigned his command of the 77th Composite Squadron, which meets at the National Guard Armory in Emporia. The squadron was made up of 10 senior officers and five cadets.

Holder has also been suspended from his membership altogether, with the military saying, the "CAP does not condone such behavior from its members, especially one in a leadership position."

Holder joined the CAP just eight days after the Sept. 11 attacks.

He reportedly threatened state Rep. Stephanie Clayton (R-Overland Park) on her Facebook page shortly after she introduced a bill that would allow a permanent exemption for colleges and universities in the state under the concealed carry law by saying "this b---- should be swinging from a tree."

Holder was previously quoted as saying, "I stand by what I said, and frankly don't care who doesn't like it."

Overland Park Police were asked to investigate the Facebook threat.

A Senate committee opted not to advance the bill on Tuesday. A House committee will consider it on Wednesday.