What’s wrong with these people? First Republican State Rep. DebraLee Hovey tells shooting victim Gabby Giffords to stay out of Newton on her Facebook page after the former congresswoman offered some comfort to Sandy Hook. And now former GOP Attorney General candidate Martha Dean promotes conspiracy theories including the shootings were staged by actors. Grab a couch ladies. Ad some meds too. Thankfully, there’s some sanity in the Republican leadership ranks.
From the Hartford Courant:
House and Senate Republican Leaders Larry Cafero of Norwalk and John McKinney of Fairfield today denounced the posting of a video by former Republican Attorney General candidate Martha Dean that promotes “vile” conspiracy theories surrounding the Sandy Hook School shootings.
Dean, on her Facebook page, linked to a video composite which involves conspiracy theories, including the allegation that the tragedy was staged by actors.
“The victims and families of Newtown and Connecticut as a whole have been devastated by this horrible tragedy, many of whom may never recover. We do not need to hear these vile conspiracy claims,” Cafero said. “I have no idea why she would call attention to this by posting it on her social media page, but it would be best if she takes it down.”
“The information put out by so-called ‘Newtown Truthers’ and other conspiracy theorists is disgusting and despicable. Their conduct and actions are not only an insult to our intelligence, but also hurtful to the people of Newtown and disrespectful to the families of the victims and the memories of their children. Reposting, or in any way furthering the legitimacy of these groups, is grossly irresponsible and equally wrong. Anyone who engages in such behavior owes the families of the victims and the people of Newtown an apology,” McKinney said.
State GOP Chair Jerry Labriola added:
“While it is certainly the right of all Americans to express any view they may hold and while Connecticut and the nation continue to struggle for answers regarding the Newtown tragedy, the posting of the conspiracy video by Martha Dean was, in my opinion, ill-thought and highly insensitive.”