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. turd fergason

    I hope all democrats will die they suck and continue to suck they live to suck

    August 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. Coolbreeze Hussein

    Thoughts and prayers are with the family.....Sad time in the history of this nation that people are so distraught. Makes you think what Sen. Obama said just might be true..

    August 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  3. Len in Washington




    August 13, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |

    I'm a die-hard Democrat, and I find it absolutely disgusting that some folks in our party are immediately pointing fingers at Republicans for this senseless tragedy without us knowing any facts.

    August 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. Karen - Missouri

    This is a tragedy no matter who it is. It should NOT be trivialized or made into some political matter. Apparently earlier in the day the shooter also entered a Baptist Church to threaten least that's what's on our local news. The shooter was a nut case and attempted injury at more than just this one place...get a grip people

    August 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. Laura

    To Soldier 4 OBAMA.

    Just by your nom de guerre (French for war name), you scare me. In fact, you sound like a Naiton of Islma follower. Now that's something to be very afraid of.

    The Gang of Four – Machievillian Obama, Howard the Screamer, deer-in-the-headlights, simpleton Nancy Pelosi, and dimwit Donna Brazile – have taken de Democratic Party into such deep, dark waters that "for the first time in my adult life," I am voting for the Republican Party.

    Moreover, I am willing to bet (and I don't like gambling) that Hillary and Bill, notwithstanding their public position, they, too, will be voting for Mcain.

    August 13, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. Frank from Peterborough

    Instead of people bad mouthing other people in these blogs why wouldn't people bad mouth the organizations that lobby to keep all the wackos armed to the teeth?

    I've heard Lou Dobbs championing the right to bear arms and supporting the Texan who shot and killed two unarmed people he thought was robbing his neighbour. This type of empty headed rhetoric from public figures is one of the reasons the U.S. is so far behind modern societies.

    If people want to blog for the better of their society try going against some of these senseless murders.

    August 13, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Dori in AZ

    Prayers and thoughts go out for the victim and his family.

    Senseless acts of violence are only cheered by terrorists – domestic or otherwise – and their supporters.

    August 13, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. Lefty

    Let's stop kidding ourselves. Right wing hate radio is breeding these extremists & we can expect a predictable response from them.

    Rush Limbaugh and his henchmen are seething with hate, knowing that their worst nightmare is coming in november.

    August 13, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. Karen - Missouri

    P.S. This is typical CNN reporting...not telling the WHOLE STORY on this. And judging by the posts here, most of you don't even know what went on. This story makes it SOUND like it was just someone who was against the Dem Party official...while this nut actually appeared somewhere else threatening in a CHURCH. So CNN, do a public service and report the ENTIRE story like we at least get on local news.

    August 13, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. Paul

    Pray for his family through their difficult time. I hope people don't make anything poltical out of this. This is truely sad for everyone!!

    August 13, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. Jim in Indiana

    Stop with the Obama vs. Clinton followers and their debating on this topic!

    A man was shot. That's a tragedy, and has nothing to do with your squabbles. Use another blogsite for your squabbles.

    August 13, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. TonyinKentucky

    God watch over the victim and his family.

    August 13, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  14. Voice of Reason

    Andrea....if that is your real name, a woman president would have been a REAL ground-breaking historical decision as compared to electing another guy, what is new or historical about that? Gender trumps race any time, specially in this country, there has been TOO MANY male presidents, breaking that chain would had been monumental, too bad women are so wedded to men as presidents that it could never occur to them a woman could have made a great one, not a mediocre one as most male presidents have been. You will never know, would you?

    August 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  15. Anna

    You are soooooooo condescending...
    'How in God's name....?"

    HRC stayed in the race for the small pocketed millions who couldn't financially carry her campaign but begged her to stay in. She was a known figure to them and a heroine to men and women everywhere who admired her strength in the 1990s despite the FEAR and HOSTILITY from many who couldn't bear the thought of a FIRST LADY with a brain.
    This country was in a LOT BETTER FINANCIAL SHAPE in 2000 than it is now, with a target for a Federal Balanced budget and a surplus!!!!
    What was it? $400 ea to squander that surplus in GWB first year?? oh boy.
    I respect anyone's right to vote for Obama or anyone else.

    But there was No SOUL in the PRIMARY with a stronger RESUME of service to the American PEOPLE and the DEMOCRATIC Party than Hillary Clinton, And I will STAND FOR THE RESPECT SHE MOST CERTAINLY DESERVES.

    August 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  16. Laidetea

    Don't expect any sympathy from McCain. He feels the less democrats that run for the oval office better his chances for president.

    My heart goes out to Gwanety families. Gwanety and others democrats know the risks one has to make to push for change. Gwanety is a true democratic hero right now. He knew in order to change our country's way of living was to sacrifice his own life. Gwanety you are a AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC HERO TODAY AND FOREVER. STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER.

    August 13, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. Pepou

    Its the guns, stupid !

    August 13, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. Voice of Reason

    Soldier for Obama, get hold of yourself, he ( Obama) has not descended from HEAVEN....yet. Don't forget that idols do have feet of clay...and that slows DOWN THEIR DESCEND!

    August 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. TOM


    August 13, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  20. Will, NJ

    I guess the second amendment finally paid off for the republicans.

    August 13, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  21. Montana is Obama Country

    I was sorry to hear he died from his wounds..

    Pray for all the families of this tragedy..

    RIP – Chairman Gwatney

    August 13, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  22. Proud to be American

    This is the saddest thing today – we all have to forget party lines and pray for this family... and the family of the person that commited the crime.

    August 13, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  23. Jersul

    Just another example of redneck mentality.

    August 13, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. Bobby

    Dean you shot down votes in Florida in Michigan, I really dont want to hear any news from you. I would prefer my local news channel.

    Dem in California not voting Dem this year due to DNC Idiots.

    August 13, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. Proud army and navy mom

    Kinda reminds me of all the horrible comments posted about poor Robert Novak. Talk about hate? I feel sorry for the man, but you people need to look at yourselves inside very closely.....

    August 13, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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