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. May

    I can see where Facebook and Twitter will take some getting used to by the big boys. Have to watch what you say, and to whom, on either 'social' website.
    That said, if they are so distracted by their supposed opponent, then perhaps it was time to go anyway, as they weren't getting the work done that needed to be done if they were fixated on facebook.

    August 12, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Jack

    Unfortunately, I have heard far worse from Tea Partiers about our president.

    Mr. Horrigan whatever political views. I admire you for taking responsibilty for your own actions.

    I can't say that about too many others!

    Nwet it is about time that you did!

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

    Slimeball needs to go, anybody no matter what party who makes remarks like that in public is a moron. Also get a haircut.

    August 12, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Jake

    Though I think Ms. Palin is a vacuous, airhead opportunist making such death-wish comments about her–or anyone–is wrong. Period.

    August 12, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. EMC729

    Good! One more condecention out of the way... ConservAmerica 2010!

    August 12, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. senttosubject

    I am definitely not a Palin fan nor will I ever be but there is no reason whatsoever for this. Juvenile behavior.

    August 12, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Bassman

    The constant and never ending stories about Gov. Palin's family, and the issues they, like all families, deal with are partly to blame for people wishing death threats on her. Our media has in the past lied about her, her record , and her family. In the past most media outlets would ignore this story, in favor of stories about her children. That kind of reporting has a cumulative affect, and can lead to the kind of death threats she now recieves.
    Just read the comment section under this story and you will see people that actually believe the lies that have been told about Gov. Palin.

    August 12, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |

    Mock indignation at it's best!!!

    I'm sure "Williams" spent a lot more time writing his whiney statement than the Dems put into their posts.

    August 12, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Da Bosun

    What else is new?

    August 12, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. See Novak

    Why is this story buried under the "Politics" section? If some Republican would have made a death wish for Hillary Clinton or Arianna Huffington, the story would definitely "lead"

    August 12, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. And

    There are a whole lot of liberals this world would be better off without, but you don't go around saying they should be killed in a plane crash.
    He must have the iq of an earthworm. Typical idiot yankee democrat.

    August 12, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. Michael

    why resign just because he tells the truth?

    August 12, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. Rickster

    Another fat, leftover hippie democrat showing his true colors.

    August 12, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Great comments Mr. Horrigan. Silly Sarah provokes and incites hatred. If someone wishes ill upon her, she brought it upon herself with her divisive hate mongering.

    August 12, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. John

    Probably not a good idea...

    August 12, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |

    Ryan Williams, the spokesman for the New Hampshire Republican Party, should be denouncing the sick, twisted and disgusting comments and signs being made of President Obama at Republikkklan-Tea baggers rally across the nation!

    What, can't sarah Palin take a joke anymore?! least that's the excuse the Teabaggers are saying anytime they are caught or accused of being racist or making racist comments with their posters!!

    Remember bury Sen. Ted Kennedy with Obamacare, anyone?

    August 12, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. sara

    What is the matter with people. Doesn't anyone think before they speak anymore.

    August 12, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. th

    It isn't any worse than what Palin was insiting when she was running for VP

    August 12, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. brian

    Wow finally a liberal with morals! It is too bad he is leaving office since we could use more people with morals in office.

    August 12, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. Darth Vadik, CA

    No need for this kind of crap.

    I don't care if you are a Democrat, or Republican. I may disagree STRONGLY with Palin, but I would never wish any harm on her, and the few idiotic Democrats that say stupid things like that, you guys are morons.

    At least Democrats realize their mistakes, and know when to bow out in shame, which is a lot more I can say about Republicans, but in either case we really don't need that crap.

    August 12, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. German,Irish,American

    And the loving Democrats who supposedly respects everyones views once again show their bigoted hatred for anyone who disagrees with them. The Obama party of hate and racism rears its' ugly head again.

    August 12, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    Oh well another wimp who can't stand behind his own comments.

    I have the party invitations to celebrate a number of Domestic terrorists when they pass on
    And almost all the republican congress.

    August 12, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. bailoutsos

    Not a Palin fan, but that was a very stupid comment.

    August 12, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. welches, oregon

    OMG – Palin had people at her freaking rallies TIME AND TIME AGAIN – SHOUTING for the death of President Obama and that caribou creep stood there and smiled and winked and egged all those pitchfork wavers on.

    Some thin skin that bimbo has.

    August 12, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. me

    A politician should know better. Let the constituency say such things. But now that I think on it. I don't recall half-Governor Palin ever once speaking out against those at her campaign rallies encouraging violence against the Democrat's candidate. It's a shame that we've let the national debate sink this low.

    August 12, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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