New Hampshire representative resigns over comments about Palin
CONCORD, New Hampshire: Timothy Horrigan resigned from the New Hampshire House of Representatives on August 12 following remarks he made on Facebook concerning Sarah Palin's death. Horrigan, a Democrat, represented the Stafford 7 district since 2008. He sent a letter of resignation to Speaker of the House Terie Norelli and apologized for his "thoughtless remarks."
Horrigan was replying to a comment by Democratic candidate for New Hampshire House Keith Halloran. On a post about the plane crash in Alaska that killed former Senator Ted Stevens, Halloran wrote, "Just wish Sarah and Levy were on board." Horrigan went on to reply, "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."
Ryan Williams, spokesman for the New Hampshire Republican Party, said the comment was "a really callous, sick, twisted political analysis from a sitting state representative. Why are New Hampshire Democrats so obsessed with Sarah Palin dying? I don't know any normal people who spend their time discussing the death of their political rivals."
- St. Louis Globe-Democrat, "N.H. lawmaker resigns in Palin flap," August 12, 2010
- CBS News, "New Hampshire Lawmaker Resigns After 'Dead Palin' Comment," August 12, 2010 (dead link)
- Union Leader, "John DiStaso's Granite Status: Democratic lawmaker who posted second 'dead Palin' comment resigns," August 12, 2010