When you got nothing, Democrats turn to cruelty.
A New Hampshire Democratic candidate has apologized for a Facebook post in which he wished Sarah Palin and the father of her grandchild, Levi Johnston, had been on the plane that crashed Tuesday, killing former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.
Keith Halloran posted an apology Thursday on his Facebook page saying he wishes the best for Palin, Johnston, and their families.
The apology came after leaders in both political parties denounced the posting and on the same day that another New Hampshire Democratic lawmaker reportedly resigned for making a similar anti-Palin remark on his Facebook page.
State Rep. Timothy Horrigan stepped down after writing that “a dead Palin wd [sic] be even more dangerous than a live one…she is all about her myth & if she was dead, she cldn’t [sic] commit any more gaffes,” the Union Leader reported.
The New Hampshire Republican State Committee denounced the comment and called on Gov. John Lynch and other state Democratic leaders to denounce the comment too.
“The widespread fixation among New Hampshire Democrats with Governor Palin’s death proves that there is a full blown epidemic of hatred and derangement festering in Governor Lynch’s party,” Ryan Williams, a spokesman for the committee, said in a written statement.
Halloran, who is running for the state House of Representatives, made his comment in response to a state Republican lawmaker’s post expressing disappointment that some news accounts of Stevens’ death focused on negative aspects of his career.
“Just wish Sarah and Levy [sic] were on board,” Halloran wrote in reference to Palin and Johnston, her daughter Bristol’s ex-boyfriend.
Mike Brunnelle, director of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, told FoxNews.com that Halloran should have apologized.
“We don’t condone this type of rhetoric,” he said. “We condemn it. It’s wholly inappropriate.
“They have no place in the political dialogue in New Hampshire or anywhere in the country,” he added.
Brunnelle was initially unaware of Halloran’s apology when asked for reaction. He said he wasn’t sure whether Halloran apologized because of the immediate backlash his comments caused.
Before he apologized, Halloran had sent a snarky message to The Associated Press through Facebook saying, “It’s just a tempest in their Tea Pot.”
Republican state Rep. D.J. Bettencourt, who wrote the original post that Halloran commented on, said he “was just absolutely shocked and disgusted by that post.”
Bettencourt’s post was expressing sadness that some of the commentary about Stevens’ death focused on negative aspects of his career.
“I was just lamenting the fact that people just couldn’t seem to find something nice to say about him or not say anything at all,” Bettencourt said. “Shortly thereafter, after some initial positive comments were made in reaction to my post, appears a post from Keith Halloran.”
Ryan Williams, spokesman for the state Republican Party, called Halloran’s remarks “a new low.”
“His publicly stated death wish for Governor Palin and her family is abhorrent, and has no place in our public discourse,” he said.
A spokeswoman for Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, said the governor’s thoughts are with the families of those killed in the crash.
“He finds the comments appalling and believes they have no place in the public discourse,” Pamela Walsh said.