Democrat quits NH House over anti-Palin remark

Posted: Friday, August 13, 2010

CONCORD, N.H. - A Democrat who quipped on Facebook about Sarah Palin's death quit the New Hampshire state Legislature on Thursday and apologized for his remarks.

Rep. Timothy Horrigan of Durham delivered a letter of resignation to the House speaker and also said he was discontinuing his re-election campaign.

Horrigan had posted Wednesday that a "dead Palin wd be even more dangerous than a live one" and said she "is all about her myth & if she was dead she cdn't commit any more gaffes."

On Thursday, he apologized.

"She is, as far as I know, not a bad person at all - and certainly she deserves to live a long and happy life," Horrigan wrote on Facebook.

Horrigan responded appropriately by resigning, Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley said.

"His comments were inappropriate and do not reflect the views of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. As an elected official, this type of rhetoric is out of line," said Buckley.

Ryan Williams, spokesman for the state Republican Party, condemned the remarks as "sick, twisted and disgusting."

Another New Hampshire Democrat was also criticized this week for a Facebook comment about Palin, the former governor of Alaska who was the Republican nominee for vice president in 2008.

Keith Halloran, a House candidate from Rindge, apologized Thursday for posting a death wish for Palin on Facebook.

Halloran had commented Tuesday in response to a Republican lawmaker's post about the plane crash that killed former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens. When the lawmaker expressed disappointment that some news accounts of Stevens' death focused on negative aspects of his career, Halloran responded: "Just wish Sarah and Levy were on board," an apparent reference to Palin and her daughter's ex-boyfriend, Levi Johnston.

After the leaders of both political parties denounced his comment, Halloran posted an apology on his Facebook page, saying he wishes the best for Palin, Johnston and their families.

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