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

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

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


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

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