August 12th, 2010
02:15 PM ET
4 years ago

Legislator resigns after 'dead Palin' comment






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."

After the controversy quickly gained steam Thursday, Horrigan sent a letter to the Speaker of the New Hampshire House offering 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."

Ryan Williams, a spokesman for the New Hampshire Republican Party, said Democrats in his state have "a widespread fixation" with Palin's death.

"Instead of discussing their failed economic policies, New Hampshire Democrats are now spending their time openly discussing Governor Sarah Palin's death," Williams said in a statement. "Rep. Horrigan's comments are sick, twisted and disgusting, and they must be immediately denounced by Governor John Lynch and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter.


Filed under: New Hampshire • Sarah Palin • Timothy Horrigan
soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Tracy

    As a former Democrat, and now Independent...I cannot wait to vote Republican to restore some order to this madness in DC.

    Democrats have become some vile creatures with the constant remarks calling everyone a "racist" just because some are opposed to flushing the country down the drain.

    August 12, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. Krystal

    Poor guy gets in trouble for what everyone's thinking...

    August 12, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. DJ in TX

    That was just plain stupid, dumb, all the above. I don't like Ms. Palin's policies either, but to wish someone dead??? That is just dumb, ingnorant, stupid and yes, he should resign. I'm a Democrat as well. Disagree with policies, but this was going too far.

    August 12, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "and they must be immediately denounced by Governor John Lynch and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter."

    Why? They didn't say them. Never understood that nonsense...no matter which way it went, Dems or GOPers.

    Partisan guilt by association is completely retarded, but easily avoided...don't associate. Run on your ideas (even if they're the same) and tell the parties to go hump a doorknob.

    August 12, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. macguysea

    She at least needs to go away already.

    August 12, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    But it's perfectly okay for Palin to say that President Obama palled around with terrorists or allowed death chants at her campaign stops?

    Uh, no.

    Can we force Palin to resign from the public now since her behavior is by far a great deal worse than Mr. Horrigan's? After all, he didn't say anything that wasn't the truth. She doesn't have that excuse.

    August 12, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. David

    Democrats, the party of compassion and tolerance, lol.

    August 12, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Bob

    Really? I mean, I disagree with many political views and politicians on both sides of the isle but I don't want any harm to come to any of them. Why is it that Liberals seem to always have this hatred and ill will towards those who don't line up with their agenda? Argue about politics but try to remain friends when it is all said and done. No wonder most Americans like me are sick of both parties.

    August 12, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    WHY? This woman has been calling for the death of the President since 2008. I don't see her quitting because of her hatred.
    Let's be truthful. I noticed that all the stories had a picture of Stevens because when you read/talk about the ex-governor (even if she is a quitter and only served half term) the first one you think of is the shrilla'.
    That being said one of the women where I work came in with the news and to the last person we all thought it was the quitter!!

    August 12, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Phil in KC

    While I cannot condone Halloran's comments, I think Horrigan's comments were accurate. He shouldn't have to step down over that.

    August 12, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. RTB

    Please, so some one offended the Alaskan Air Head.

    The Moose dropping from Wassila offends decent people on a daily bases.

    She can dish it out but can't take it.

    CNN- When will you stop offering us every little dumb thing this Bimbo is involved in?

    August 12, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Sandy

    While the first comment was over the top no matter how we feel about Caribou Barbie the comment made by Rep Horrigan was harmless enough. Should not have been an issue at all, Much ado about nothing. Justa another instance of the press running with something not really newsworthy just as they did with Robert Gibbs comment.

    August 12, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. I, too, must confess

    I have to be honest. When the crash was first reported, with no details as to who was on board, I had the same thought. The difference is I never wrote or verbalized it to anyone, until now. I think alot of us are just so tired of her crap and low-brow tactics and stupidity. I was so hoping after the election she would just go quietly back to Alaska and finish her tenure as Governor. No such luck.

    August 12, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. Kevin Shinn

    Y'know, Keith David Halloran, your remark is so extremely crass that even Sarah Palin has more character than to say something so stupid..

    August 12, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. T

    Why Palin open the DOOR .............scaring the old people.

    August 12, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. m

    last time i looked this is still america. . It wasnt a nice thing to say. He apologised..Move on.

    August 12, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. Botox Pelosi

    What a surprise. A progressive liberal hack wishing death on someone. But remember. Democrats are the party of "No H8, tolerance, love, and peace."

    August 12, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. Sketchbook

    Sarah aint dead, but she is made of wax.

    August 12, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. J. Grant

    This is why the Democrats will always lose against the Republicans. They try to play nice, and stay honorable. This is akin to insisting that a grizzly bear honor your safeword. The repubs have no problems saying the most outrageous malarkey, and later getting away with a halfhearted apology. But oh no, a Democrat angered some Right Wingers, better resign and run screaming to the hills and have a good cry about it.

    August 12, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. Corey, Maryland

    To change a great quote by John Adams by switching the word Religion with Sarah Palin....

    This would be the best of all worlds if there was no "Sarah Palin" in it.

    Oh how I dream of that day..... :)

    August 12, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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.
    -------------------------------–

    I would think, based on his reasoning, that a dead Palin would NOT be more dangerous......oh wait, wait. Okay, got it. Yes he's right. If she were dead there would be no more gaffes to debunk the myth that she has created. Got it.

    Sorry you had to quit behind your candor, but you know the rules, even if they only apply to one side of the aisle.

    August 12, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. The Other Micheal in Houston

    As much as I hate Sarah Palin, I do not wish her to be dead! Wow nice job Horrigan or should I say "Horrible"! Ya know, some of you Democrats are just as stupid as some of those Tea Party nut jobs. Come on Horrigan, you had to know that comments like that wouldn't fly under any circumstance.

    August 12, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    Dead Palin? More like Dead Milkmen. Her campaign's theme song when she runs in 2012...and she probably will...should be "Taking Retards to the Zoo"...perfect fit/analogy for the Teatards and the conservatives' tinfoil-helmet adventures in the land of demogoguery.

    August 12, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. GSMS

    He is a typical Democrat, a hateful SOB. This is what the Democtatic Party stands for. They know they will lose on the issues, so they play the hateful and the race card.

    August 12, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Four and The Door

    "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.
    ______________________________________________________
    No, she's all about her ideas and acting on them. It's clear to everyone by now that the opposing ideas don't solve anything. Sarah Palin is all about the government working for the people. That scares Democratic politicians all over the country because they like it better the other way around. The economy will run much better when the population is spending their money, not the government.

    August 12, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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