August 12th, 2010
02:15 PM ET
11 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. mark buck

    Why resign? It's not like he put a bounty on her head.....

    August 12, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. fred astaire

    Gee, wonder if alcohol was involved for him to write that?

    August 12, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Mark

    I don't see what's wrong with that comment. Palin needs to die.

    August 12, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. streetsmart

    What a bunch of cry babies. On the 2008 campaign trail Palin branded Obama friendly to terrorists that seek harm to US then just stood there and nodded her head smiling as people in the crowd yelled and screamed to kill Obama. Palin is right at home with death threats, and speculations of someones death. By indulging in it shes been begging for it to happen to her so I dont see why anyone should be ousted for giving her more of the same. Dont dish it out if you cant take it, bunch of bed wetters.

    August 12, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Wiscon

    He shouldn't have to apologize, Saint Sarah is better off dead with her worthless Constitution in her cold DEAD hands

    August 12, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Stacey

    Wasn't Palin the one with the crosshair bows on her map? She was referring to the death of some congressional Democrats! Freedom of speech! Horrigan said what he was feeling even if it wasn't in good taste. The right wing nuts do it all the time.

    August 12, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Maveric1

    Why does he have to resign? Like his comment or not, what happened to freedom of speech? It's not like he made a death threat or wished her dead, he just made a silly comment. We live in a very hyper sensitive environment here in the USA.

    August 12, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. anotherGDlefty

    So Sister Sarah and her sheep have NO problems with calling for "taking America back" by revolution and veiled "barrel of the gun" takeovers but THIS offends them to the core??????

    I do not want Sarah dead, I want her running for president in 2012. I also want Newtie as VP. That would relegate the GOP to green party levels.

    Once those two starting talking policy, even Arizona would go blue.

    Try to keep yourself in the news Sarah, any way you can.
    You know, the e-vil media......

    August 12, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Liberals are poison

    Congratulations Democrats, finally putting in words what you've been
    whispering under your breath or blogging to your Journolist buddies.
    Paybacks are hell, better get your resume's updated.

    August 12, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. doug

    At least 9 out of 10 Democrats wish death on not just Palin but every American who is not a Democrat fully on board the socialist express.

    Compare that with maybe 2 or 3 Republicans out of a thousand who wish harm on a Democrat.

    It is racist to have someone throw a ball at plates being held by Obama at a carnival game, but it was just fine and tolerant to burn an effigy of President Bush when he was in office.

    Democrats take away our freedoms, republican keep them, Democrats wish death on all conservatives, Republicans just want an honest debate with liberals.

    August 12, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. obama victim

    how worthless does a person have to be to wish death to other people?? he is right to resign and should offer and apology to the Palin family.....and any of you left wing nuts who support this kind of thing are really poor excuses for human beings...may God save you

    August 12, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. lost in america

    to bad the GOP can not admit they have the same thoughts about Palin or anyone else with half a mind.

    August 12, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. she

    Wow, the lack of savvy on the part of these legislators to post derogatory comments on fb is both alarming and very telling. This is the behavior of teenagers, and even when it is teens 'flaming' each other it is contempable, but for grown adults in the roles they are in...unacceptable.

    Are these 2 so stupid they don't get the 'privacy' options in fb? They just went ahead and made idiot comments for any and all to see?

    So what is the status of Halloran? He too should be out on his stupid a$$.

    August 12, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. fiscal responsibility

    Democrats, the party of tolerance? NOPE.

    Anyone that thinks that democrats are more tolerant and caring than republicans is fooling themselves. Sure they are willing to buy votes via extended welfare programs... but when it comes to charitable donations, polls show that republicans donate more to the poor.

    Hopefully, people will vote for an honest person, instead of a media-induced, incorrect stereotype.

    August 12, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. Steven P

    What an idiot. Funny how words have meaning, eh, Mr. ex-legislator?

    Had this been said about President Obama, the cry of "Racism!" would be deafening.

    August 12, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |

    The political correctness (PC) of the right-wing NUTs and their Tea bagger ilks is down right despicable...republikkkans make similar comments about President Obama all the time...but no one is losing their jobs over it!

    President Obama has been called worse by the far-right wing NUTs...So why can't Sarah Palin take a joke?!

    It may be in poor taste, but at least it's a joke!...

    August 12, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. fedup

    what a sorry excuse for one of our country's leaders.
    p.s. Holloran, you seriously need a haircut and go on a diet

    August 12, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. David Scott

    If she dies ...she dies. No problemo.
    America does not need any more lying, bigoted racist. She is in a tailspin
    and will self destruct soon.But not soon enough for me!

    August 12, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Flipper

    So we have left-wing journalists on Journolist fantasizing about Limbaugh's death (while other "journalists" gave silent approval), and now we have left-wing politicians fantasizing about the death of people that they disagree with. And there are plenty of Dems who feel that the world would be better off if Sarah Palin (and other individuals that they disagree with) was dead.

    What the hell has happened to the Democrat Party? Radical Muslims want people dead that don't conform with their ideals. Sadly, some members of the Dem Party hold those same wishes.

    August 12, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. hypocricnnation

    Don't Worry New Hampshire State Representative, In Due Time...All In Due Time! It's Sad How HypocriCNN! Continues To Masquerade And Serenade This Buffoon Named Sarah Palin As Is She's Some Legend (In Her Own Myth).

    August 12, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "In fact, if you look at Rasmussen polling, which is far more accurate in that it only samples REGISTERED VOTERS (as they're the only ones who matter in elections), Democrats are actually polling WORSE now than they were in August of 1994 when they lost both houses in an historic landslide."

    Rasmussen's a hack. He does sample registered voters (as do many many other polls), but he subjects his raw data to skewed "adjustments" that are clearly weighted to favor the GOP and conservatives. He has been disproven through MATH (yes, the "2 + 2 = 4 and you can't deny that" kind of math) that his polling numbers and methodology are complete fantasy. CNN doesn't like when you post URLs, so I can't give the website, but you can find it easily's the same website with a statistical analysis of local polling numbers in each state that shows taht the GOP has a 17% chance of regaining control of the Senate in November...try using that info as your search criteria.

    August 12, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. Missy M

    I'm sure the Palin-bashers will not waste any time shifting blame away from these two hate-filled legislators. At least one person on this comment page will resort to blame-the-victim mentality to say something along the lines of: "it's because Palin is so easy to hate that these legislators say things like this." or "she deserves it." It is just easier to blame the victim then to expect people to take responsibility for their actions.

    August 12, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Superhiro

    Wow, what he said was bad. But resigning over it? That's a little harsh isn't it?

    August 12, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. November reckoning

    Typical nasty liberal thinks he's just so d*mned clever, so d*mned cool. Snark snark, look how clever we liberals are. They're so clever in fact they don't realize this makes Palin's followers back her all the more actively, and new fans created with each condescending snark from the pseudo-intellectuals.

    August 12, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. Larry from Texas

    The Democrats need to leave the stupid and hateful comments to the GOP. They're far more experienced at that sort of behavior. Where can we find some grown-ups to run our government?

    August 12, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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