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Connecticut Democrats Denounce Threats Made On GOP Facebook Page

Courtesy of the Connecticut Republican Party
A screenshot taken Wednesday morning of the Connecticut Republican Party Facebook page.

Connecticut Senate Democrats condemned violent threats against State Senator Cathy Osten left as comments on the Connecticut Republican Party’s Facebook page.

One commenter on the page said he would pull Osten out of her car and knock her out. Another threatened to shoot her, misspelling the word “shoot.”

Osten spoke to reporters in her hometown of Sprague, where she’s running for re-election as first selectman.

“We can have a debate on ideas, we can have a disagreement on which roads should be fixed, but we cannot any longer threaten to shoot people. It’s just not allowed.”

The threatening comments appeared to have been removed, but other comments remained that used vulgar and abusive language toward Osten. State Democrats say they’ve alerted law enforcement to the threats. 

This comes after Republicans called for a state Democratic official to resign for saying on Facebook that Republican New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart should go on a diet.

Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano says he agrees with state Democrats about the importance of speaking out against hate.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.