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. John B. From New Hampshire

    why are you selfish people only mentioning hillary?!?!?!?!?! this is about a tragedy taking place. if you don't have anything of a concerned nature to say regarding the man who was shot, then keep your comments to yourselfs!!! GOOD LORD!!

    August 13, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Big Bill from Brooklyn

    My prayers are with the Chairman, his family and our country.
    May this be the beginning of the end of such violence.

    August 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Sue

    This is a senseless act. My thoughts are with Chairman Gwatney and his family.

    August 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |

    Nobody's fault but Hillary's own she lost the race.... lol... Obama's candidacy has been in play since the 2004 democratic convention.... Let's all get real.

    I think it is funny that the National Inquirer outscoops CNN, FOX and everyone else on the John Edwards story. This election was fixed from the beginning and Obama would not be our candidate if he would have been vetted.

    Most of you are like your candidate Obama, not an original thought in your head. Most of your talking points are what you learned last night on TV listening to biased journalism. Do everyone a favor, turn the channel once in a while and listen to both sides. Then make your decision.

    As for me, I voting for a record. John McCain has a real record of working with Democrats. Obama has a speech.

    nuff said.

    August 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Truman

    How can some of you turn this tragedy into an Obama vs. Clinton drama. A man was shot. Disgusting.

    August 13, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. David Newport, OR

    Finally, Kate hit the nail on the head. That is the proper response in this situation. Instead, people are talking smack about Dean. Those people are pathetic losers all the way around. Thank-you Kate for keeping my hope in humanity alive one more day.

    August 13, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. sabdra

    Sad that we feel the need to allow everyone to carry a gun!

    August 13, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. Michelle, PA

    My first thought when I saw this headline was, oh no, not another political hate crime. Then I read further, and realized I know this man, he is a good man and his family and friends must be beyond frantic.

    Please know there are many, many people whose thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We're pulling for you!

    August 13, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Laura

    I hope Mr. Gwatney will be alright. Other reports are stating that the gunman is dead. So we may never know what in the world possessed him to perform such a horrible act.

    It doesn't matter who your candidate is in this type of situation. We are and should be human beings first.

    Boston, MA

    August 13, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. fella from Chicago

    Personal or politically motivated. Hope law enforcement discovers the motive. Unfortunately violence is part of politics, in this country as well as abroad; has been and always will be. Think the Secret Service isn't praying that Senator Obama isn't elected President. If he is elected, being the first black President will expand the bull's eye target on the President more so than ever before in the history of the Office. Wonder what Lloyd's of London thinks of Senator Obama's chances? This is politics in America, this is politics throughout the world. Politics is ugly and sometimes violent. Politicians whatever their party affiliation are brave individual's. I know I couldn't do it.

    August 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. rhoward

    Evidently some of the people on here didn't actually read the article or they would know it was about someone being shot. Anyway, I join with those others who wish the victim of this senseless act a speedy recovery.

    August 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Love your liberals

    You know, I've said for a while now that this irrational hatred of "liberals" among the lunatic fringe on the right is becoming a real issue. It needs to be diagnoses as its own mental disorder. To disagree with someone is one thing, but these people just have an intense visceral hatred for what they perceive as liberals that is just irrational and borderline pyschotic. It's the same reason that man gave for going into that church and shooting people just a few weeks ago. He said his life was screwed up and he couldn't find a job because of liberals. These people are just mean and nasty. They sit around and listen to the hatred of Limbaugh and Hannity all day (while liberals are actually out spending time with friends, having a good time and enjoying life) and they feel totally justified in this kind of irrational hatred. And you PUMA people are pretty much just as bad. You just use outlandish fabricated lies to attack instead of guns

    August 13, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    We heard Howard Dean on the radio, this afternoon. He expressed deep concern and sympathy for the Party Chair, and his family as we all did.

    August 13, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Blueray98

    No doubt it was an Obama thug trying to murder a Hillary Clinton supporter/delegate.

    BTW, "ANGIE" - Hillary ran a great campaign. However, having almost 100% positive media coverage really helps. It sure helped Obama/Soetoro, not to mention that the DNC elitists were also behind him. Oh, and did I mention all of the PAC fund money from Nancy Pelosi to all of the superdelegates that endorsed him? Not only was he selected, NOT elected, but he was also BOUGHT AND PAID FOR.

    Millions of us former died-in-the-wool Democrats will be voting Republican for the first time in ours lives. Enjoy the Obama/Soetoro party while it lasts!

    August 13, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Brooke

    This shooting is a tragedy and has no place in American politics. And, anyone on either side who blames the "right" or the "left" for this should be ashamed of themselves.

    August 13, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Obamawontwin

    Ms. ANGIE.......

    You are a little too self centered. A man was shot....and you're on here whining about being sick of Hillary supporters.

    Typical Obama nut.

    Thoughts and prayers to Mr Gwatney and his familiy.

    August 13, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. Cynthia

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the person who was shot. Duke you need to get a life.

    August 13, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Pam

    Yes, let's get more guns on the streets.

    August 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. DR. YES

    the guy apparently told some folks he lost his,why shoot a democrat?

    August 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. josh

    How could this happen? I thought guns had been outlawed at the democratic HQ in Arkansas!

    August 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. Democrat

    After this past year I can't stand Dean. I am not voting for Obama unless Hillary is on the ticket.

    August 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. California Gold

    Are we so angry that we can not stop long enough to consider how the victim's life has been forever changed? We are a nation that values human life, not like other countries who see people as a disposable commodity. This should be a time when we are reminded of this fact and offer positive thoughts and prayers for the victim.

    August 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. Sandy

    My prayers go out to Bill Gwatney, his family, and frends. So much senseless violence!!

    A big thanks to Mr. Gwatney for working so hard for the Democratic Party in Arkansas...although our presumed Presidential candidate has yet to see fit to visit Arkansas. Arkansas is a small state but there are many dedicated people like Mr. Gwatney (and the Clintons) who work hard to boost the Democratic Party and the ideals of all Democrats. Arkansas may only have a few electorial votes...but sometimes a few is all it takes to make the difference between winning and losing.

    August 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. Soldier 4 OBAMA

    My best regards. Not this time, Not this year, w ewill not be stop nor will we allow others to sown seeds of Hate. This is the year of the Awakened Concious and America and the World is rising like the Sun at Dawn. It is the Dawn of the Era of Truth and Light! YES WE CAN and we WILL CHANGE AMERICA 2008-2016 OBAMA

    August 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. TX for OBAMA

    The Old Man is again talking to the Clouds – as we speak (in Michigan).

    Actually I am glad that he speaks more. The more he speaks the more people he will scare off

    OBAMA ‘08

    August 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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