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N.C. lawmaker regrets comparing GOP agenda to Boston bombing

Democratic state Sen. Angela Bryant says she regrets making a remark on Twitter linking the Boston tragedy to Republican lawmakers legislative agenda.

"GOP political terrorism on poor along marathon survival route with pressure cooker bombs: pay 4 drug test, IDs, crim check," @angelareb tweeted Tuesday at 9:29 a.m. Bryant later deleted the tweet but Republican operatives captured it and called for an explanation.

Asked about it by Dome on Thursday, Bryant said: "I regret really making a connection between the Boston tragedy and what's happening here. I was frustrated and am frustrated about the incessant attacks on the poor."

Bryant compared the poor's survival efforts to a marathon and the Republican legislation to require drug tests and criminal background checks for public assistance and voter identification to "pressure cooker bombs" along the marathon route.

"It was surely regretful," Bryant said. "It was not a good thing to do, given the tragedy, because there is no comparison to people losing their lives in that kind of incident. Not a good idea at all and I have tremendous regrets about that."

The county GOP in Bryant's district called on her to apologize Thursday for her "shameful public comment."

"After experiencing one of the most traumatic weeks this nation has seen in recent years, it is disappointing see one of our local representatives trivializing the real suffering experienced by those in Massachusetts, while at the same time demonizing her fellow citizens for their different political philosophy," the Nash County Republican Party said in a statement. "Sen. Bryant owes an immediate apology to the victims of the violence last week as well as to North Carolina Republicans."

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