Thursday, August 12, 2010
As you are no doubt aware by now, former Senator Ted Stevens died earlier this week in a plane crash that killed several people. I join others who have already voiced their sadness at the loss of a man who served for many years in the United States Senate.
Unfortunately, not everyone was classy or humane enough to do the same, but instead used the loss of lives as an occasion to wish death on Governor Palin. If you can stomach the disgusting, mind-boggling, and, I warn you, profane comments of these incredibly evil people, click here to see the screen shots. There is no excuse whatsoever for such ugliness. The hate is tangible, and anyone who would even think--much less say--such things should receive an immediate psychiatric evaluation. It seems in this age of Palin Derangement Syndrome anything goes. Sick.
Those who have been, or hope to be, hired by the people to serve their constituents must be held to a higher standard. They cannot get away with the kind of hateful spewing that others should not get away with but too often do. Which brings me to a New Hampshire Democrat. Keith David Halloran, Democratic candidate for State Representative in Cheshire County, wrote about the crash in a Facebook post:
Just wish Sarah and Levy were on board.
Yesterday, Now Hampshire reports:
Halloran serves on the Rindge, NH Planning Board and is a Democratic candidate for State Representative in Cheshire County. He is a prominent supporter of Democratic frontrunner Ann McLane Kuster, who is running for Congress in NH-02. His comment appeared in response to a post by another Facebook user on the tragedy.
New Hampshire Republicans were not pleased with Halloran’s remarks.
“Mr. Halloran’s outrageous comments are a new low, even by the standards of the New Hampshire Democrat Party,” said New Hampshire GOP spokesman Ryan Williams. “His publicly stated death wish for Governor Palin and her family is abhorrent, and has no place in public discourse. Governor Lynch and Ann McLane Kuster need to immediately denounce Mr. Halloran’s hateful remarks and demand that he personally apologize to the Palin family.”
Halloran isn’t alone among New Hampshire Democratic leaders in wishing ill toward the controversial former Republican Vice Presidential nominee.
Natch Greyes, a staffer for Democratic Rep. and Senate hopeful Paul Hodes tweeted the following on July 21st: “I have to wonder if & or when @sarahpalinusa will learn the meaning of our state motto: “live free or die.”
Read the rest here.
After the death wish went viral, reports Union Leader, this came:
"It's unfortunate and we don't condone those types of remarks," said Brunelle of NHDP. "The comment is totally inappropriate and (Halloran) should apologize..."
That's an understatement.
Another Democrat hater faced fire and resigned today when he was called on his Palin death wish following the plane crash that killed Senator Stevens. Union Leader also shares this story:
A state representative who posted on Facebook that "a dead (Sarah) Palin would be even more dangerous than a live one" has now resigned.
State Rep. Timothy Horrigan, D-Durham, could not be immediately reached, but state Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley told the Granite Status that Horrigan informed him he had sent a resignation email to the Speaker of the House's office.Buckley issued a statement saying,
"Rep. Horrigan took the appropriate action by resigning today. His comments were inappropriate and do no reflect the views of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. As an elected official, this type of rhetoric is out of line."
Earlier reports on the "dead Palin" controversy follows in this earlier update immediately below and in the full Aug. 12 Granite Status, which follows it.
Horrigan this afternoon also posted on his own website a letter to House speaker Terie Norelli, saying, "I wish to resign from the House of Representatives effective immediately, and to discontinue my re-election campaign for Strafford County District 7. I apologize for thoughtless remarks I made which have brought this House into disrepute. I enjoyed my time in the House and I thank you personally for your support over the years."
ANOTHER "DEATH WISH." Another "dead Palin" post appeared on Facebook last night, this one, the Status confirmed this morning, by state Rep. Timothy Horrigan, D-Durham.
"Well a dead Palin wd be even more dangerous than a live one...she is all about her myth & if she was dead she cldn't commit any more gaffes," Horrigan wrote.
We report below on Rindge Democratic activist Keith David Halloran's post that, in a discussing about the plane crash that took the lives of five, including former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, stated, "Just wish Sarah and Levy (sic) were on board."
Horrigan this morning confirmed he posted in the same thread and was "sorry for the ruckus," although initially he did not specifically apologize.
(Update: When Horrigan saw our initial post he called the Status to say "I specifically apologize." He then sent in a full statement saying, "I would like to offer a specific apology for making comments about Sarah Palin which could be--- and were--- misconstrued. She is, as far as I know, not a bad person at all--- and certainly she deserves to live a long and happy life.)"
"As far as I know, Palin is a nice person," he said. "I have nothing against her as a person..."
Read the rest here.
Perhaps Horrigan needs to be versed on how to make a sincere apology. His assertion that his comments were "misconstrued" is laughable. Painting someone's death in a positive light doesn't leave a lot of room for misunderstanding and twisting. Sorry, buddy, but no one did you in on this one. You managed to do that all by your lonesome.
People absolutely need to be held accountable for their cruel statements that not only show an insensitivity toward Governor Palin, but a complete exploitation of a situation in which people died. These death wishes on the part of Democrats and the sickening comments in the link above are just a sampling of the kind of vitriol she endures, not to mention the actual death threats she deals with on a regular basis. There must be zero tolerance for this kind of stuff--and hell to pay.
* Finally, a note to a person/people/whomever inclined to leave a comment only when you are of the opinion that Governor Palin slipped up or wasn't at her best or whatever, I might take you more seriously if you were also inclined to speak up at least one of the gazillion times she is wronged and/or her safety is threatened. Moving on...