LINO LAKES, Minn. -- A Lino Lakes City Council member reportedly plans to apologize to U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer for posting what his staff described as a ‘threat’ on the Minnesota congressman’s Facebook page.

Melissa Maher advised Emmer to “avoid people who have a lot of deadly objects at hand” in a comment posted Monday, May 8, on a photo of the congressman meeting with alfalfa farmers in Cokato.

“You’re a coward and a party whore,” she added, apparently in reference to Emmer’s vote in favor of the American Health Care Act, which passed the House of Representatives on Thursday.

David FitzSimmons, Emmer’s chief of staff, tweeted a screenshot of Maher’s post - which has been deleted - Tuesday morning.

FitzSimmons later called on Maher to apologize.

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“Today’s political climate can oftentimes be heated and tense,” he told the Pioneer Press, “and while it is a person’s constitutional right to disagree, a threat of violence - or encouraging violence from others - is taking it way too far.”

Maher told MPR News on Tuesday that she regrets the comment and plans to apologize to Emmer.

“I feel embarrassed and ashamed that I would post a comment like that,” Maher told MPR. “As soon as one of my constituents here in Lino Lakes had responded to my comment I realized and responded back to her saying that it was a total lapse in judgment and just a very poor choice on my part.”

Maher did not immediately return a call from the Pioneer Press seeking comment.