Saturday, January 15, 2011

Linda Lopez Statement

Arizona State Senator Linda Lopez retracted an inflammatory statement she made in the wake of the Tucson massacre that identified the shooter as a veteran of the United States military who had served in Afghanistan.

While she did not apologize for the remark, she did appear to make a concerted effort at damage control, which is at least one step in the right direction for a country whose politicians and media have resorted to bloodthirsty and hyper-partisan rhetoric in the aftermath of the gruesome killings.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Sen. Linda Lopez Statement on Tucson Events

Gabrielle GiffordsImage by Freedom To Marry via FlickrBookmark and ShareA Few days ago  Arizona State Senator Linda Lopez made a statement about the shooter in Tucson being a Afghanistan vet.
  I sent her a Email castigating her for Shooting from the lip and placing blame on the Veterans and the Military.
Although she did not apologize she did in my opinion make a conscious effort at damage dtha is at least one small step in the right direction. Here is the text of her Email....

Sen. Linda Lopez Statement on Tucson Events

“Shortly after the shooting of my closest friend I gave an interview with Fox News.  As part of that interview, I wrongly reiterated some information told to me immediately prior to the interview that the suspect shooter in the Tucson attack was possibly a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. As we know now, there was a great deal of misinformation about not only the shooter, but also the status of the victims.   

I am a staunch supporter of our brave men and women who serve in the military.  I understand and greatly appreciate the sacrifices they make for our country each and every day they serve.  My husband is himself a veteran of the Vietnam War. I also understand that many people were upset about the description of the shooter that I passed on. My statement in no way was a reflection of my feelings about our veterans or the people currently serving our country.

With that, I would ask that we continue to keep Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and all of the other victims of this horrific attack in our thoughts and prayers.”
I did not expect a reply as I am a veteran from Oregon...

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