August 13th, 2008
03:50 PM ET
14 years ago

Dean reacts to shooting

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" DNC Chair Howard Dean expressed shock over the shooting."]

(CNN) - Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has issued a statement reacting to the shooting at the Arkansas Democratic Party headquarters:

"This senseless tragedy comes as a shock to all of us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chairman Gwatney and his family and we pray for his full and speedy recover," he said. "While the investigation of this shooting continues, and our primary concern remains with Bill and his family, we commend the courageous and speedy action of law enforcement officials in apprehending the suspect."

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  1. Joe Kiloz

    Mr. Dean, do you any of these same thoughts for the Georgians ?

    August 13, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Raymond Duke

    Who cares what that screaming , coniving idiot thinks. He did not care to shaft Hillary Clinton along with the democrat leadership.

    August 13, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. bernj

    This is horrible. IUnfortunately, it is the kind of thing we can expect in today's climate of hate and division which is promoted by the right wingers.

    August 13, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Dj

    Check the McCain campaign...

    August 13, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Michael

    There is no place for hate politics in the United States of America ,
    I hope they catch the idiot that is reponsible for the shooting.

    August 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Robert

    Howard Dean is as cheezy as they come. I hope he means what he says because he sure as hell does not care about 18 million voters.

    August 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. What!!!

    Once again...Let us show concern for the man who was shot. That is what this is all about! I hope is will recover.

    August 13, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. not an obamabot, thank GOD

    really sucks what happened, prayers to all the families of the people there. hope people can leave politics out of this, however given the decline of discourse here in this country, I bet it will be 5 posts before someone blames a conservative.

    August 13, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Fact is Fact

    This is one of the players behind the destruction of the Democratic party...take a good look, folks!

    August 13, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Brian, Pittsburgh

    How can anyone disagree on this? It's senseless violence, and it's disgusting. I don't care which side of the aisle you're on, you have to agree that this kind of violence is completely unacceptable.

    August 13, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. Andrea E- Atlanta

    Give it a break Raymond, if that's your real name. Hillary Clinton lost. She could not manage her own campaign, people that she hired to work for her, how in God's name was she going to run an entire country? What in the world is it about a woman being President?

    August 13, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Felines for Freedom

    Disgruntled GOPer? 🙂

    Let's all wish Gwatney and his family well. This should never have happened.

    August 13, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. LLM from MD

    Raymond, you idiot, what the heck does that has to do with this situation. someone was seriously hurt at the end of one of you!!!

    August 13, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    The right to bear arms is still alive and well in the good old U.S.A.!

    I wonder if your country will ever realize the days of the wild west are over it's now the 21st century. The James gang no longer rules the west and sooner or later everyone will be able to put down their guns and resolve differences logically and diplomatically.

    August 13, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Willy

    Howard Dean said that with out blaming the curent administration. I'M shocked!

    August 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    this should be condemned; this is NOT a time to play poiltics when the shooting of innocent lives is involved.

    August 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. Sacto Joe

    NEVER forget about America's home-grown fanatics! Whoever's responsible for this needs to have the book thrown at them.

    August 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Matt Joachim,Boston MA

    My prayers go out the chairman and his family.

    August 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. ANGIE

    Raymond DUKE
    you seriously need to get over hillary, its nobodys fault she lost but her own SHE RAN A HORRIBLE CAMPAIGN, the dnc, obama, the media were not responsible for her campaign SHE WAS GET OVER IT WAKE UP STOP BLAMING ACCEPT THE FACTS HILLARY LOST BECAUSE OF HILLARY god i am sick of it!!!

    August 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. KATE

    My thoughts are with the family of the victim. I hope this shooting is not politically or hate motivated. That would be a dark spot on this country's claim to democracy.

    August 13, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Please and Thank You

    What a fitting picture of the man who is at the center of the political s.. storm created by telling Americans, that only 1/2 the votes of one states certified election count and oh, don't bother registering Senator Obama in the state of Michigan, Howard 'Yeehaw' Dean will ensure you get 1/2 of their 1/2 of votes as well.

    Unfortunately attitude begets violance and for a Democratically advertised country, we've reverted to allowing a self choosen few tell us what's best for us.

    While this act of violence is extremely unfortunate, while Mr. Yeehaw Dean, Pelosi and Reid have worked so very hard these past months to pick the Democratic Candidate, while Hillary Clinton has focused on issues IMPORTANT to the American Public....then they tried to stop the DEMOCRATIC process from completing.

    By the way Mr. Dean – that process completes with the conclusion of the upcoming it you're objective to now 'DICTATE' to the delegate representatives to vote for Senator Obama? It's bad enough that Bill Richardson, amungst other 'super' delegates have gone against the popular vote during the primaries and endorsed Obama.

    Please – allow the American Voters popular vote voices to be heard this convention and thank you for returning determing Democracy to the democratic process of allowing the American public to be heard!

    August 13, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Truth

    No one has a moral authority to end someone's else life? It is unacceptable in America, and those who cheerish such lunatic action ought to be ashamed of themselves!. I wish you a quick recovery mr Chairman.

    August 13, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. KATE

    Really, are Clinton supporter heartless. An innocent man is fighting for his life. we are all Americans, what is wrong with you folks!!

    August 13, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. Kendra

    A man was shot today, and all some of you care about, still, is the fact that Hillary lost after a poorly managed campaign. Get your priorities straight please. I agree with Brian from Pittsburgh. No matter what side of the aisle you are on, this is a horrible tragedy and my thoughts and prayers go to the family of the chairman. I hope he makes a full recovery!!

    August 13, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    The more I read these blogs the more Ignorant people sound, my God its not about Howard Dean its not about Hillary Clinton and her 18 million voters that will not pay her debt, it is about a Man, A human being with a wife and children regardless wheather he is a Democrat or Republican may God be with him and his family and may God have mercy on your souls

    August 13, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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