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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-08-13 05:34 AM
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Conn. politician apologizes after saying Giffords should 'stay out of my towns'
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In case you couldn't figure it out from the headline, the Conn. Rep. is a Republican.

Conn. politician apologizes after saying Giffords should 'stay out of my towns'

By LeAnne Gendreau,

A Connecticut state representative is apologizing for a Facebook post warning Gabby Giffords to stay away, ahead of the former Arizona congresswoman's visit with Sandy Hook Elementary victims' families last week in Newtown.

"Gabby Giffords stay out of my towns," the post on the Facebook page for State Rep. DebraLee Hovey, a Republican who represents Newtown and Monroe, said last week.


NBC Connecticut tried to reach Hovey about the comment, but she was unavailable. In the days after, there were several blogs and opinion pieces criticizing Hovey.

On Monday, she issued an apology for the comments she posted online.

"The remarks I made regarding Congresswoman Giffords' visit were insensitive and if<>b> I offended anyone I truly apologize," Rep. Hovey said in a statement.

"My comments were meant to be protective of the privacy of the families and our community as we work to move on, and were in no way intended as an insult to Congresswoman Giffords personally. Our community has struggled greatly through this tragedy, and we are all very sensitive to the potential for this event to be exploited for political purposes. This is what I wish to avoid," she added.


How about apologizing unconditionally because you said a horrible thing? You know, without the bs "if anyone was offended" qualified.

The idea that Giffords, who had to struggle to re-learn the pledge of allegiance, would exploit a shooting for political purposes--or that he her husband would allow anyone to exploit her for political purposes--is flat out insane.

BTW, nothing in the story says she apologized to Giffords or that she said Giffords would be welcome.

Besides, who the fuck is this woman to purport to speak for entire towns, or for the survivors?
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