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Hovey Apologizes for Facebook Comments on Giffords' Visit to Newtown

Monroe and Newtown's state representative DebraLee Hovey posted a comment on Facebook telling Giffords to stay out of her towns. The post has since been removed.

NEWTOWN — State Rep. DebraLee Hovey (R-112) just issued an apology for a post she made Friday on her personal Facebook page in which she reportedly wrote, "Gabby Gifford stay out of my towns!!"

The post, which was captured in a screenshot taken by the Hartford Courant before it was deleted Sunday, was directed at the former United States Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who visited Newtown Friday to meet with some of the families who lost a child in the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"[The Giffords visit] was political," Hovey wrote in a comment on her own post, according to another screenshot taken by The Courant. "The LT Gov was there, Blumenthall 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 a statement, released Monday at about 12:30 p.m., Hovey's office noted that the state representative was in Florida attending a Board meeting of the Women in Government national organization during the Giffords' visit.

"The remarks I made regarding Congresswoman Gifford's visit were insensitive and if I offended anyone I truly apologize," Hovey said. "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."

According to representatives from Gov. Malloy's office, Giffords  as well as Lt. Gov. Wyman and Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra, in her Friday visit. Giffords resigned from congress in 2012 after surviving an assassination attempt in an Arizona mass shooting almost two years ago.

Hovey represents Connecticut's 112th district, which includes a portion of Newtown and Monroe — the neighboring town that has opened its Chalk Hill building to house Sandy Hook students for the remainder of the school year.

On Friday, Hovey outlined a four-point "action plan" response to the Sandy Hook shooting, including requests for task forces to investigate violent video games and child and adolescent violence.

"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."

EH Dad January 09, 2013 at 04:08 AM
Prior to deleting her posts, Ms Hovey's Facebook New Year’s resolution was: DebraLee Hovey December 31, 2012 near Monroe, CT Happy New Year to all....It is my resolution to be kinder, more thoughtful, and loving to those who try my patience. This along with my Halloween resolution ( something that could not wait to be resolved until the new year so did it for Halloween :) ) will keep me on my toes for 2013. God Bless us all.... It is very clear... Shooting victims try DebraLee Hoveys patience. What a disgrace!!!
Marie O'Brien January 09, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Debralee Hovey should resign. You are seeing who she really is. Only a complete egocentric narcissist would take the mass murder of 20 beautiful children, and turn ANYTHING connected to that event as having to do with herself. We do not need this disgusting type of attack "leadership" at this time. How sick to you have to be to attack Gabby Giffords, a congresswoman shot in the head, permanently maimed, in the line of duty to her county? No, we don't need this type of petty self-serving "leadership" at this time. Don't by into this lame "apology" (non-apology). She needs to go.
Stephanie Riley January 10, 2013 at 01:23 AM
I'm curious as to whether there are any procedures for removing a public official from office in a case like this. Impeachment doesn't fit because there was no unlawful conduct; however, this is a serious lapse in professionalism and was highly offensive to her constituents. There is a recall process whereby voters can remove an elected official from office--perhaps that would be applicable? I'm a long-time resident of Monroe, and am just disgusted by Hovey's behavior. We can do better--let's see if we can remove her from this elected office.
jim laguardia January 10, 2013 at 01:47 AM
I thought she had not been sworn in yet For next term??
KikiMoon January 10, 2013 at 01:51 AM
I wonder if she reads any of these comments, and if she's read the Gawker article on her. She really should not be a public servant.
jim laguardia January 10, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Ooops too late, took oath today
D. Sickles January 10, 2013 at 02:12 AM
I agree with you Stephanie. Debra Lee is a poor reflection on the entire communities of Newtown and Monroe. She should also be publicly reprimanded by elected officials of both towns.
MonroeBorn&Raised January 10, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Does ANYONE know if there has been an online petition asking Debralee Hovey to step down??...Please please someone start a movement! She has already done 10 years...if she finishes this current 2 year term, she'll have a total of 12 years which will enable her to have a pension from the state of Connecticut!!!!
MonroeBorn&Raised January 10, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Does ANYONE know if there has been an online petition asking Debralee Hovey to step down??...Please please someone start a movement! She has already done 10 years...if she finishes this current 2 year term, she'll have a total of 12 years which will enable her to have a pension from the state of Connecticut!!!!
MonroeBorn&Raised January 10, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Does ANYONE know if there has been an online petition asking Debralee Hovey to step down??...Please please someone start a movement! She has already done 10 years...if she finishes this current 2 year term, she'll have a total of 12 years which will enable her to have a pension from the state of Connecticut!!!!
MonroeBorn&Raised January 11, 2013 at 04:56 AM
Please sign!! & Share Debralee Hovey must resign. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/debraleehovey/
MonroeBorn&Raised January 11, 2013 at 04:57 AM
Please sign!! & Share Debralee Hovey must resign. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/debraleehovey/
MonroeBorn&Raised January 11, 2013 at 04:57 AM
Please sign!! & Share Debralee Hovey must resign. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/debraleehovey/
MonroeBorn&Raised January 11, 2013 at 04:57 AM
Please sign!! & Share Debralee Hovey must resign. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/debraleehovey/
MonroeBorn&Raised January 11, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Please sign!! & Share Debralee Hovey must resign. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/debraleehovey/
MonroeBorn&Raised January 11, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Please sign!! & Share Debralee Hovey must resign. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/debraleehovey/
MonroeBorn&Raised January 11, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Please sign!! & Share Debralee Hovey must resign. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/debraleehovey/
MonroeBorn&Raised January 11, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Please sign!! & Share Debralee Hovey must resign. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/debraleehovey/
MonroeBorn&Raised January 11, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Please sign!! & Share Debralee Hovey must resign. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/debraleehovey/
MonroeBorn&Raised January 11, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Please sign!! & Share Debralee Hovey must resign. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/debraleehovey/
MonroeBorn&Raised January 11, 2013 at 04:59 AM
Please sign!! & Share Debralee Hovey must resign. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/debraleehovey/
MonroeBorn&Raised January 11, 2013 at 04:59 AM
Please sign!! & Share Debralee Hovey must resign. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/debraleehovey/
MonroeBorn&Raised January 11, 2013 at 04:59 AM
Please sign!! & Share Debralee Hovey must resign. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/debraleehovey/
MonroeBorn&Raised January 11, 2013 at 04:59 AM
Please sign!! & Share Debralee Hovey must resign. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/debraleehovey/
MonroeBorn&Raised January 11, 2013 at 05:00 AM
Please sign!! & Share Debralee Hovey must resign. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/debraleehovey/
MonroeBorn&Raised January 11, 2013 at 05:00 AM
Please sign!! & Share Debralee Hovey must resign. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/debraleehovey/
MonroeBorn&Raised January 11, 2013 at 05:01 AM
Please sign!! & Share Debralee Hovey must resign. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/debraleehovey/
MonroeBorn&Raised January 11, 2013 at 05:01 AM
Please sign!! & Share Debralee Hovey must resign. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/debraleehovey/
MonroeBorn&Raised January 11, 2013 at 05:01 AM
Please sign!! & Share Debralee Hovey must resign. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/debraleehovey/
MonroeBorn&Raised January 11, 2013 at 05:02 AM
Please sign!! & Share Debralee Hovey must resign. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/debraleehovey/

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