Sometimes I just shake my head, blown away by a public official’s rank stupidity. Such was the case when state Rep. DebraLee Hovey posted on her personal Facebook account, “Gabby Gifford [sic] stay out of my towns.” Hovey was upset that former US Rep. Gabby Giffords, who made a miraculous recovery from an assault weapon attack in Tucson two years ago tomorrow, visited with family members and other public officials in Newtown last Friday. The meeting was closed to the press.
Hovey then went on to dig the hole deeper by accusing Giffords of being motivated purely by politics. She took down the offending posts but not before the Hartford Courant’s Capitol Watch blog posted the screen grabs demonstrating the crass, moronic state rep for what she is. For this idiocy alone she should be defeated in the next election. Unfortunately, that’s not for another two years.
Ms. Hovey, Gabby Giffords will go wherever she wants (and they’re not “your” towns, you have the privilege to represent them in the state House—hopefully for a final term) and she will be welcomed with opened arms for the courageous person she is. Do you think maybe Congresswoman Giffords might have an interest in the aftermath of Newtown? Something tells me she didn’t give a minutes thought to some paean state representative—or sorry, “Assistant Republican Leader.”
The Courant’s Rick Green rightly asks what Hovey’s colleagues must think of her comments. Will state House GOP leader Larry Cafero have a comment on his “assistant’s” thoughts on Gabby Giffords? He does for everything else. Unreal. Just unreal.