Concord, NH- New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn delivered the following letter today to Speaker Terie Norelli's office in response to Rep. Timothy Horrigan's remarks:
Dear Speaker Norelli,
On behalf of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, I am writing to formally request that you immediately denounce the hateful and divisive comments made by a member of your caucus and reprimand him for his continued pattern of inappropriate behavior.
The New Hampshire Union Leader (2/1/2013) reports that Representative Timothy Horrigan (D-Durham) made outrageously offensive remarks on his Twitter account that “expressed hope that former Vice President Dick Cheney would shoot conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.” Representative Horrigan’s comments mirror a similarly offensive statement that resulted in his resignation in 2010 about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin being “even more dangerous” dead than alive.
Representative Horrigan’s disgusting comments have no place in our political discourse and his pattern of shocking behavior disgraces the House Democratic Caucus. There is simply no excuse for an elected official to repeatedly and publicly fantasize about the displeasure, and even death, of others.
As the leader of the Democratic Caucus and Speaker, it is your responsibility to publicly condemn these hateful statements and discipline Rep. Horrigan in order to uphold the integrity of the House of Representatives. A failure to denounce his comments will serve as a sign that the Democratic House Leadership is willing to tolerate this type of reprehensible behavior.
I look forward to your immediate response to this pressing matter.
Chairman, New Hampshire Republican State Committee