Posted: January 9, 2013 in by John Dilligent
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DebraLee Hovey


Tuesday, January 8. 2012

A Connecticut state representative is apologizing for a Facebook post warning Gabby Giffords to stay away, ahead of the former Arizona congresswoman’s visit with Sandy Hook Elementary victims’ families last week in Newtown.

“Gabby Giffords stay out of my towns,”  the post on the Facebook page for State Rep. DebraLee Hovey, a Republican who represents Newtown and Monroe, said last week.

Former U.S. Rep. Giffords survived a shooting in Tuscon, Ariz., in 2011 that killed six people, including a judge and a young girl. She and her husband have been advocates for stricter gun laws.

In the days after, there were several blogs and opinion pieces criticizing Hovey. On Monday, she issued an apology for the comments she posted online:


“The remarks I made regarding Congresswoman Giffords’ visit were insensitive and if I offended anyone I truly apologize.

“My comments were meant to be protective of the privacy of the families and our community as we work to move on, and were in no way intended as an insult to Congresswoman Giffords personally.

“Our community has struggled greatly through this tragedy, and we are all very sensitive to the potential for this event to be exploited for political purposes. This is what I wish to avoid.”


Hovey was in Florida last week to attend a board meeting of the Women in Government national organization when Giffords visited.

“The events of Dec. 14 affected all of us deeply and like many others I am still working through my grief and trying to come to terms with what happened, how we as a community and a state move forward and how we can prevent horrific events like this from occurring in the future,”  Hovey said.

“My deepest condolences continue to go out to the families, the community of Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown and Connecticut,”  she continued.

Hovey’s office said she has been a strong advocate for her district and has called for a dialogue on mental health issues, improving school safety and gun control. (Sources: LeAnne Gendreau,


  1. cmblake6 says:

    Perhaps fear that the truth will out? Leakage can be found in bathrooms across the world, IYKWIMAITTYD.

  2. upaces88 says:

    John, I have always had the same issue with people. TELL ME what you want or don’t want… then we’ll either discuss it or call it a draw…..OR, Agree to disagree.
    This …. something just isn’t right about this. She should have kept her mouth shut.
    IF I learn anything, I’ll run right back up here OR if you do…holler at me and I’ll come running. LOL

  3. Well, all you have to do is sift through
    all the evidence I have compiled here over
    the course of several pieces to conclude
    something’s definitely wrong with this
    whole scenario…

  4. upaces88 says:

    John, something is not right about this….makes me wonder what she is hiding or wanting to keep hidden.

  5. upaces88 says:

    Interesting, isn’t it…hmmm…kinda makes you want to be a little fly on the wall.

  6. Yep. But then she got a phone call,
    and after that she was all hugs…

  7. upaces88 says:

    My first thought? What is she so nervous about that she doesn’t want Gabby Giffords there?

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