An Arkansas Republican Party official has resigned after making a controversial comment about former secretary of state Hilary Rodham Clinton.

The 2nd Congressional District GOP Chairman, Johnny Rhoda, stepped down, Arkansas Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb said Wednesday.

Asked by U.S. News and Word Report how Clinton would do in Arkansas if she runs for president, Rhoda responded, "She'd probably get shot at the state line."

Democrats criticized the remark. In a statement accepting his resignation, Webb said Rhoda apologized and realized his comments were a distraction.

"He was apologetic for the statements he made to media yesterday, and although he feels he was taken out of context he knows that his statements have created an unnecessary distraction from the important issues before the State today," Webb said in a statement. "Johnny has been active in this Party for decades and all members of the Republican Party sincerely thank him for his service. I have accepted his resignation which is effective immediately."