Was Hovey Out Of Line?
Hovey criticized Giffords, who was almost fatally shot two years ago at an event in Tucson, Arizona. Six people were killed and twelve injured on January 8, 2011. Nine year-old Christina Taylor-Green was among those shot during the meet and greet with constituents that Giffords had called “Congress on Your Corner.”
Giffords, who has had made few public appearances since leaving the hospital and resigning from Congress to concentrate on her rehabilitation, met with families of the Newtown shooting massacre last week.
Hovey, in a well-publicized statement made on her Facebook page, accused Giffords of using the event for political reasons, and posted a comment that read, “Gabby Giffords stay out of my towns!!” The post was removed after it was harshly criticized. She then attempted to justify her statement saying that Giffords was using the event for “political” purposes.
Hovey is the Assistant Republican Leader in the Connecticut House. Her districts are Monroe and, of course, Newtown. Most agree that the comments were, at best, un-lady like but were they also un-leader like?