Rick Green at the Hartford Courant reports that Ms. Hovey, Assistant Republican Leader of the General Assembly, posted the following on her Facebook site (which now has been scrubbed clean):
It's not uncommon for GOP politicians to not understand the workings of democracy, and we will refrain from a lecture here. We will remind Ms. Hovey, however, that as a law-abiding citizen, Ms. Giffords has the right to travel to and from any town of her choice. I guess Republicans can't even stomach "small-d" democrats these days.
Also, it appears that Ms. Hovey should be spending more time with grammar texts than with Facebook. First, there is the misspelling of Ms. Giffords' name. Second, there is the use of "courteous" instead of "courtesy". Finally, there is her clever turn of a phrase "There was pure political motives" [emphases added]. There is a place for her somewhere in the Ozarks, assuredly.
This just caps a fabulous stretch of disgraceful indecency for the GOP, going back to last week's "no" votes against a Hurricane Sandy relief package by Members of Congress who had received Katrina or other disaster-related aid from the federal government. Joan McCarter, in The Daily Kos, reports:
Take Rep. Mo Brooks, from Alabama, for example. Back in 2011, he even held town meetings to help tornado victims in his state to help his constituents "to better understand their federal assistance rights [...] direct grants that you do not have to repay if you qualify, unemployment compensation, rents as you try to find a new place to live."At long last, no decency.