NH State Lawmaker Resigns After ‘Dead Palin’ Facebook Remarks

August 13, 2010

(ChattahBox)–A Democratic lawmaker from New Hampshire resigned from his seat as a state representative, after drawing condemnation for a Facebook posting made on Wednesday about Sarah Palin’s death. State Rep. Timothy Horrigan, 53, from Durham, surmised that “a dead Palin” would increase the former half-term governor of Alaska’s popularity, making her “even more dangerous.” Horrigan’s comments were actually made in response to a more sinister posting made by a local Democrat running for state office, which taken together, sparked a national story New Hampshire Democrats quickly distanced themselves from on Thursday.

CNN has the story:

“State Rep. Timothy Horrigan made the remarks Wednesday night in a thread discussing the Alaska plane crash that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens.”

“Well a dead Palin wd be even more dangerous than a live one…she is all about her myth & if she was dead she cldn’t commit any more gaffes,” Horrigan wrote.

“Horrigan was commenting on another post by a Democrat running for the state house, party activist Keith David Halloran, who found himself in hot water Wednesday after writing about the crash: “Just wish Sarah and Levy [sic] were on board.”

Horrigan issued an apology along with his resignation.

“I apologize for thoughtless remarks I made which have brought this House into disrepute,” Horrigan wrote. “I enjoyed my time in the House and I thank you personally for your support over the years.”

And Democratic New Hampshire lawmakers condemned the remarks made about “a dead Palin.”

‘”Rep. Horrigan took the appropriate action by resigning today. His comments were inappropriate and do no reflect the views of the New Hampshire Democratic Party,” state party chair Ray Sullivan said.

Ryan Williams, spokesman for the New Hampshire GOP issued a statement, deriding the remarks as “twisted,” believing the remarks are evidence of New Hampshire Democrats harboring “a widespread fixation” with Palin’s death.

As noted by The Swamp Politics, The New Hampshire state legislature, is the largest body in the country, with members serving in exchange for a small honorarium.

“The state House of Representatives has 400 members, or roughly one for every 3,300 state residents. Given that size, and the volunteer nature of the body (each member gets just a yearly salary of $100), you are bound to have some loons and amateurs that would make such gross misjudgments. But given Palin’s notoriety, the comments have cause something of a national stir.”

The remarks by both Horrigan and Keith David Halloran certainly crossed the line, but whether two local schmoes posting ignorant and offensive remarks on Facebook is proof of  “a widespread fixation” by Democrats contemplating Sarah Palin’s death, is just hyperbole.


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