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

(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.)

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)
In this Sept. 6, 2012 file photo, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords blows a kiss after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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