Dem. State Rep Jokes About Palin's Death, Resigns

Thursday, 12 Aug 2010 08:28 PM

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A New Hampshire Democrat resigned on Thursday after news emerged that he was talking about celebrating former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s death on his Facebook page.

State Rep. Timothy Horrigan, D, made these comments on his page Wednesday:

“Just for the record, I don't wish Sarah Palin dead... but not merely for compassionate reasons. I also want her to live because a living Sarah Palin is less dangerous than a dead one. Her rise to the status of Head Tea Partier had nothing to do with anything she ever said, did or accomplished--- but as long as she lives she might be able to say or do things which could serve as a moderating influence. And she also might commit a gaffe bad enough to shock her followers, though that is unlikely. Unless of course she endorses Obama for President in 2012.”

The Washington Post, reporting on the incident Thursday, wrote that the social networking site still lists Horrigan as a state representative. But less than 24 hours after posting to Facebook, Horrigan sent a formal letter of resignation to state House Speaker Terie Norelli:

"I wish to resign from the House of Representatives effective immediately, and to discontinue my re-election campaign for Strafford County District 7. I apologize for thoughtless remarks I made which have brought this House into disrepute. I enjoyed my time in the House and I thank you personally for your support over the years."

Horrigan was on Facebook again Thursday afternoon -- this time to post an apology specifically mentioning Palin and the nature of his remarks:

"I would like to offer a specific apology for making comments about Sarah Palin which could be--- and were--- misconstrued. She is, as far as I know, not a bad person at all--- and certainly she deserves to live a long and happy life."

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