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. rdg1

    This is the democrat party you idiots voted for. Don't blame me, I have always voted against these democrat idiots.

    August 12, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. You've Got To Be Kidding Me!

    Funny how ironic the "gaffe" line was.

    August 12, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Terry from West Texas

    Right-wing lunatics routinely make vague threats about "We'll use our First Amendment rights and if that doesn't work then we'll use our Second Amendment rights." This is a not-too-subtle statement that if they don't get their way in the next two elections, then they will start a Civil War and shoot me and you and my kid and your kid and the President and other Democrats until they can seize the government. They make dark threats here on CNN's blog pages, that Obama deserves to be assassinated. The GOP does nothing to denounce or disavow these low-IQ, trigger-happy, unstable bullies. Granted, most of it is just hot air from inarticulate blowhards.

    However, in my nightmares, one of these lunatics or a group of them actually assassinates someone and one thing leads to another and pretty soon some Conservative wierdo declares himself to be the "Provisional" President.

    These are dark and dangerous times.

    BTW, Sarah Palin was the one who invented the "death panel" lie, for which she should have been run out of the country.

    August 12, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. all of America

    Typical democrat mentality,every time any of them open their mouths, they they show the world that they have a very low IQ, obama is the leader of the mentally challenged democrats !!!

    August 12, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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