I've thought this for a long time now. But this story really pissed me off. Conn. politician apologizes after saying Giffords should 'stay out of my towns' A Connecticut state representative is apologizing for a Facebook post warning Gabby Giffords to stay away, ahead of the former Arizona congresswoman's visit with Sandy Hook Elementary victims' families last week in Newtown. "Gabby Giffords stay out of my towns," the post on the Facebook page for State Rep. DebraLee Hovey, a Republican who represents Newtown and Monroe, said last week. In the days after, there were several blogs and opinion pieces criticizing Hovey. On Monday, she issued an apology for the comments she posted online. "The remarks I made regarding Congresswoman Giffords' visit were insensitive and if I offended anyone I truly apologize," Rep. Hovey said in a statement. "My comments were meant to be protective of the privacy of the families and our community as we work to move on, and were in no way intended as an insult to Congresswoman Giffords personally. Our community has struggled greatly through this tragedy, and we are all very sensitive to the potential for this event to be exploited for political purposes. This is what I wish to avoid," she added. Conn. politician apologizes after saying Giffords should 'stay out of my towns' - U.S. News What crap!!! Hovey is just afraid that the visit might influence people on the issue of gun control. Oh, but she thinks nobody gets it. What possible other reason could she have for caring about the visit?? If the families of the victims did not want to meet with Giffords and her husband they are perfectly able to say so. They did not need Hovey's help. I think Hovey only apologized because she was criticized. Idiot.