Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith lashed out as a reporter after losing her bid to become the official PC candidate for the riding of Highwood which she won handily for the Wildrose in 2012.
Smith was the preferred candidate for the Progressive Conservatives heading into Saturday's nomination battle but lost to challenger Carrie Fischer, a town councillor from Okotoks.
Asked by a Global News reporter for comment on her future, Smith lashed out via text message.
Smith later apologized.
She told supporters she will step away from the spotlight for the time being and join her parents in Mexico to celebrate their anniversary.