UPDATE 01.09.13 9:00 AM: Another day and another round of criticism from across the country. After Hovey's rant was aired on MSNBC, people flooded the site to give the disgraceful State Rep a piece of their mind.
chris from ny commented yesterday
I love when they say if I offened anyone ..thats bull..you are sorry or you're not ..just say you're sorry..you know you were offensive.
Bradley William Bleck commented yesterday
Can we channel Dan Akroyd here: DebraLee, you ignorant slut! Or would that be impudent?
Melinda Sanderson commented yesterday
Gun control is a political issue. Anything that is said about it at any time is political. Nevertheless, this representative is an idiot. She is a bully trying to push around a woman who was the victim of gun violence following a number of insensitive politicians putting targets over her district and encouraging voters to consider exercising their "second amendment option" if elections did not turn out to suit them. Gabby Giffords iis no longer a U.S. Representative and does not have to comply with congressional protocol. Gabby Giffords has the right to travel to Connecticutt to offer whatever comfort she can to the victims and the survivors have the right to receive her or not. I am sure that Ms. Giffords will probably become a pro- gun control activist. That tends to happen when you survive being shot in the head by a gun toting stranger. Ms. Hovey exercised her First Amendment right and shot off her mouth. Now the voters should exercise their rights to vote and dump her.
Paul Caporino commented yesterday
Go suck on a Bushmaster, Hovey. Those towns aren't yours, you @!$%#bag.
Lyle-1901841 commented yesterday
Sorry, it's not HER town. What an idiotic thing to say. Seems six terms should be enough for this imbecile.
tompoe commented yesterday
Hovey's comment should be enough reason for anyone to make their vote count by NOT voting for her ever again. What a smelly woman.
Rose, New York commented yesterday
There isn't any excuse for this insensitivity toward the families of the Sandy Hook community and Ms. Giffford who is also a private citizen with rights. The Republicans senselessly continue to trend on our rights, our lives, our safety, our well being without an ounce of decency while defending the outdated ideals. There is never any reason nor need for assult weapons to be accessible to anyone other than the military and they know it!.. I am done with this stupidity as they continue to speak with God and Country on their side!
5843supie commented yesterday
I love it when politicians accuse another politician of being political... and then the ignoramous Hovey says "if I offended anyone..... blah, blah, blah..." when she knows damn well what she said was offensive and STUPID !
ememen commented 19 hours ago
As usual majority of politicians see everything through their narrow ideological prism of self-serving interest and that should not be an excuse for State Rep Hovey and others who don't seem to know how humanity looks like or have any form of human experience beyond their ideology.
UPDATE 10:20 AM: Hovey's rant now on frontpage of The Huffington Post
UPDATE 10:17 AM: The Atlantic Wire picks up on Hovey's rant.
UPDATE 10:15 AM: Gawker joins the mix.
UPDATE 10:05 AM: Readers at the Monroe Patch had this to say about their State Rep.
1:20 pm on Monday, January 7, 2013
I'm embarrassed that Hovey represents my town. She has a pattern of immature behavior.
8:26 am on Tuesday, January 8, 2013
I agree! Anyone who would infer that Gabby Gifford's visit to Newtown was political is a moron. This made national news and greatly embarassed our town. She should be asked to step down.
3:14 pm on Monday, January 7, 2013
CT Republican State Rep. DebraLee Hovey has a long history of acting in a low class, hurtful threatening way. Just a while ago she was contacted by Monroe CT Officials regarding improvements she had made to her home years earlier without reporting them to the tax assessor. For many months Hovey would not allow the town tax assessor to inspect her home. Hovey hid behind the fourth amendment and placed a toilet bowel on her front lawn to express how she felt. Photo here http://monroe.patch.com/articl... Only after she won her bid for reelection did she finally allow her property to be inspected. The improvements that she had made were found to be substantial and also that she had not been paying her fair share of property taxes. Hovey is selfish, threatening and low class.
3:15 pm on Monday, January 7, 2013
A few questions come to mind. One, if Gifford was a Republican, would this have still been Ms. Hovey's post? Two, if Ms. Hovey was for gun control, would this still have been her post? Three, if Blumenthal and Wyman had let Hovey know in advance that Gifford was coming, would this still have been her post? Four, how is this political if Gifford retired last year and no longer has governmental access to drive change?
I read the CT Post article about the visit this weekend and it sounded like no media was addressed, no statements were made, these were private meetings, and the First Selectman as well as the Superintendent thanked Gifford for coming to Newtown. Those directly affected seemed glad to have her there, so if you truly represent everyone Ms. Hovey, this was a poor choice of words. Sounds like there was ultimately some personal reasons for the post, without taking into consideration the wishes of those you represent. Sometimes people inactivate their Facebook accounts when they realize it just gets them into trouble, just my two cents.
3:29 pm on Monday, January 7, 2013
She's really got to go, she's a do-nothing useless rep who only shows her face at election time. Can someone tell me ONE thing she has done for Monroe, one real thing, not some fluffy "she supported" some little bill thing?
3:32 pm on Monday, January 7, 2013
A women that lost almost everything to senseless gun violence comes to newown to comfort people going thru the same situation, and you turn it political?? shame on you debra lee!!
3:42 pm on Monday, January 7, 2013
Just another in a growing list of Hovey's embarrassing comments/actions.
5:00 pm on Monday, January 7, 2013
As a life-long Republican and a Monroe resident, I am ashamed to admit that she is my representative whom I voted for her on numerous occasions. I do not intend to make that mistake again nor do I intend to support anyone who is ignorant enough to come to her defense. Never had I been as proud of this Town as I have been for its support of our neighbors in Newtown during this time of crisis. She is an embarrassment to the community that she swore an oath to serve. While there are other choice words that can be used to describe her, I won't stoop to her level. She needs to go NOW!
5:47 pm on Monday, January 7, 2013
Couldn't agree with Walt more! Hard to believe someone with her track record of town service,predominantly non existent,keeps getting re-elected.Not ashamed to say I did not vote for her in the last two elections. Lesson learned!
5:51 pm on Monday, January 7, 2013
Gabby Giffords came as a survivor of gun violence and to meet PRIVATELY with the families to show support. Obviously her intent was NOT political since she is no longer a member of congress. As a life long resident of Monroe, I for one am very proud of the support we have been able to give the Sandy Hook residents during their grieving from this horrific tragedy. Shame on you!! You are an embarrassment to "OUR" town!
3:08 am on Tuesday, January 8, 2013
I'm a Republican NRA member. I've voted for Hovey in the past
Never again! She is a total embarrassment to us all.
I want to know when she has spoken to Rep Giffords and apologized to her!
Please do us all a favor. Don't take the oath of office Wednesday. Just think, more time for your big white pony.
UPDATE 10:00 AM: Readers at the Newtown Patch respond to Hovey's latest idiotic rant.
3:09 pm on Monday, January 7, 2013
Debra LeeHovey should understand why someone who experienced a similar tragedy would want to come to meet with families that could use support. My sister's husband was killed suddenly by a drunk driver. Friends and neighbors did all they could, but what really helped her to deal with the loss was someone else who had experienced it in a support group. It may also be helpful for Rep. Giffords to meet with them. Who knows what will reach the victim's families and the survivors as well...praying every day for them and the loved ones lost.
4:28 pm on Monday, January 7, 2013
Hey DebraLee, why don't YOU stay out of Newtown!
wendy lee hewitt
4:28 pm on Monday, January 7, 2013
Disgusting... but that's what the people who voted for her were looking for in their candidate; a bi-partisan viper who rather than look at her constituents as 'people'... views them as simply the mechanism that got her elected to her lofty position. Her apparent inability to temper her comment and THINK before posting it, (which most high school kids know better than to do), shows me a complete lack of vision and frankly, intelligence.
4:52 pm on Monday, January 7, 2013
Hovey sounds like a sorority girl in the midst of a turf war. How dare Giffords, a survivor of a mass shooting co-opt Hovey's spotlight! (Sarcasm intended.)
5:26 pm on Monday, January 7, 2013
Hovey sounds like a hard-hearted fool who should probably not be holding any kind of position in her town. What a horribly insensitive statement. Giffords has been through this and wanted to help. She's the kind of rep Newtown needs. Maybe Hovey should stay in Florida. Besides, Ms Hovey, Newtown is not "your town". It is the people's town. You don't own it and you should keep your self-serving comments completely to yourself. Let's hope you don't get re-elected.
Mom of two
9:26 pm on Monday, January 7, 2013
Sounds like Hovey is the one who made this political. Not much insight or compassion on Hovey's part in my opinion. Pretty sad.
9:26 pm on Monday, January 7, 2013
"Insensitive" is putting it kindly. Gabby Giffords' presence surely brought comfort to the families. I am amazed by her courage and her strength.
DebraLee Hovey, not so much.
1:13 am on Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Dumb comment. She should call Giffords to apologize.
I'm a NRA member, primarily I hunt. Hovey embarses me.
8:37 am on Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Gabby Giffords is an inspiration for many. She has handled her situation with grace, dignity and compassion. All lessons DebraLee Hovey has yet to learn.
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