Newtown GOPer to Gabby Giffords: "Stay out of my towns!!"

A state legislator in Connecticut called Giffords' visit to the area "political"


Jillian Rayfield
January 7, 2013 9:02PM (UTC)

Connecticut State Rep. DebraLee Hovey, a Republican who represents the towns of Monroe and Newtown, objected to a visit by Gabrielle Giffords with the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings, telling Giffords in a Facebook post: "Stay out of my towns!!"

The Hartford Courant flagged the post, from Friday, which has since been taken down. In the comment thread, Hovey continued: "It was political. The Lt Gov was there, [Connecticut Sen. Richard] Blumenthall was there and ALL political types KNOW it is courteous to let sitting Reps known when another political is in their District. So……. There was pure political motives."

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As Daily Intel points out, the visit was announced in advance.


Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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