Conn. Lawmaker to Giffords: 'Stay Out!'
DebraLee Hovey didn't take kindly to Giffords' visit
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2013 11:59 AM CST
DebraLee Hovey grabs the hand of colleague Laura Hoydick after speaking at a service for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting at the state Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Dec. 19, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(Newser) – Gabrielle Giffords visited Newtown, Conn., on Friday, and though it seems difficult to imagine such an event could stir up controversy, one state legislator managed to do so. On the day of Giffords' visit, State Rep. DebraLee Hovey posted, "Gabby Gifford [sic] stay out of my towns!!" on her public Facebook page. It had been removed by Sunday, the Hartford Courant reports. In a follow-up Facebook comment, Hovey—who represents Newtown, and who was in Florida at the time of Giffords' visit—added:

  • "It was political. The Lt Gov was there, Blumenthall [sic] was there and ALL political types KNOW it is courteous to let sitting Reps know when another political is in their District. So...... There was pure political motives"

In other Newtown news, the mayor of nearby Stratford wants to honor the memory of Sandy Hook teacher Victoria Soto, who was killed in the rampage while trying to protect her students. Mayor John Harkins wants to name a planned school after Soto, who lived in Stratford, the AP reports. The town council will discuss on Jan. 14; construction on the school is set to start this summer. (In other Newtown-related news, a neighboring town plans to burn violent video games.)

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Jan 8, 2013 7:34 AM CST
Gabby Giffords and her husband are to announce today an initiative to further the efforts to reduce gun violence through increased gun control. This visit to Newtown was just a crass political and business ploy to launch their money making scheme a la James Brady and his Brady Bill that passed through Congress 30 years ago. Brady and his wife have made a career off their foundation. Giffords is about to do the same. I find it disgusting when people make their living off the suffering of others, especially the 20 children killed in this incident.
Jan 8, 2013 7:16 AM CST
LOOK People: lets put the blame solely upon those whose blame it is: The American Public! Guns are not KILLERS, they are only the one of many instruments that KILL...AUTo's Kill more people in a year than Vietnam did, and so does Alcohol, How about Knives, and DRUGS, cocaine and all illicet drugs. How about the drugs that are in food...Have you ever done a word search on the chemicals in the food you eat! Do a word search on "POLY PROPALYN GLYCOL" It's in the foods we eat and it is in the car you drive (radiator fluid) and the after shave and cologne you use! How about the Micro-wave you use..IT IS a NUCLEAR device...IT NUCS things...(Look at the before and after pictures of food that has been Nuked, you'll never use one again) How about the shillets you use w/the teflon coating, its hazorous...Should we ban all thesee things because of this or should we just make these things safe and correct whats wrong w/them. These are ONLY instruments and are used by "PEOPLE"...they make them and use them and these instruments can do NOTHING of takes people to use them to make them bad or good...GUNS STILL, do NOT kill people, people KILL people and people start wars and fights...these dio not happen on their own! Gun control is hitting what you aim at, and NOTHING more! P.S. there are guns in a war, but does that stop wars, and does a gun stop banks from getting robbed? So what was the problem before there were no guns? Man killed each other from the first murder: Cain killed Abel w/a stick or rock and didn't even have a Gun! IF guns being banned world wide would stop wars and killings, I'd be all for gun control, but: since that is never going to happen.......tell em about Jesus Christ! that will solve many a Problem(s) 1 Peter 3:18 KJV and KEEP the GUNS!!!
Jan 8, 2013 7:13 AM CST
THATS A republican FOR YOU, trifling. And my question is, who are the people that voted for this person and are they going to vote for her in the future ?