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Giffords makes this guy want to vomit

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  • Started 8 years ago by Vitalogy
  • Latest reply from Alfredo_T

  1. Vitalogy

    He went to the town-hall meeting outside the grocery store to yell at his congresswoman, angry that she kept voting for liberal causes, including the health-care reform bill -- "Obamacare," as he calls it.

    George Morris didn't get the chance as a gunman went on a rampage that killed his wife, Dorothy, and wounded him in the legs and back.

    If he could meet Rep. Gabrielle Giffords now, he'd still vent his frustration at the representative, who suffered brain damage from the Jan. 8 shootings. He also has some choice words for her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly.

    "Every time I see them on TV," he said of the couple, who were featured in a prime-time network special in November, "it makes me want to vomit."

    Morris, 77, a self-described "ultraconservative," refused an invitation to have President Barack Obama visit him in his hospital room in the days following the shootings.

    "I will not kowtow to anyone," he said. "People would not believe that I would refuse the president."

    Morris volunteered for the campaign of Giffords' opponent in the 2010 election, a Republican who ran as a "tea party" member. He still thinks Giffords should not be in office. "I think she ought to be thrown out of Congress posthaste," he said. "I do not think she is worthy of serving."

    Morris blames Kelly for the death of his wife and the others killed and injured because Kelly didn't take precautions to protect his wife, despite knowing Giffords faced death threats.

    "I'd like to debate our dear captain astronaut (and ask) why he didn't have security," Morris said. "My wife would still be alive."

    Morris, a retired Marine and airline pilot, also criticized Kelly's decision to fly a shuttle mission while Giffords recovered in a Houston hospital.

    He also doesn't appreciate what he sees as the media's deification of the congresswoman. "I think they are both worthless," Morris said.

    These are not the words of a grief-stricken man caught in a rare emotional outburst, but the deeply considered thoughts calmly and clearly expressed by Morris in a pair of interviews, months apart.

    Too bad his wife was the one to be killed, she sounds like a much nicer person.

    Posted on January 11, 2012 - 10:13 PM #
  2. kennewickman

    Who cares ? Just another wack bitter job. A dime a dozen.

    Posted on January 12, 2012 - 07:51 AM #
  3. duxrule

    As he stands there with his "Get your government hands off my Medicare!" sign.

    Posted on January 12, 2012 - 08:52 AM #
  4. Vitalogy

    Who cares? I do. I thought it was one of the most selfish and classless things I've seen in a long time.

    Posted on January 12, 2012 - 09:34 AM #
  5. fairandbalanced

    It's more classless to pick on a man still grieving the murder of his wife.

    Posted on January 12, 2012 - 10:17 AM #
  6. missing_kskd

    Oh, I don't think so.

    Posted on January 12, 2012 - 10:27 AM #
  7. Vitalogy

    What's classless is to say that Giffords makes him want to vomit and that he blames THEM for the death of his wife. That's one of the most classless things I've heard in a long time.

    Last time I checked, it was HIM that drug his wife to the event just so he could be a blowhard in public and berate Giffords. Like I said, his wife sounded like a lot better person, too bad it wasn't the other way around.

    Posted on January 12, 2012 - 04:34 PM #
  8. shipwreck

    The message here is that someone refuses to believe that they were both the victims of a senseless act because he has to have his political siren on 24 hours a day.

    Posted on January 13, 2012 - 12:57 PM #
  9. Alfredo_T

    The message here is that someone refuses to believe that they were both the victims of a senseless act because he has to have his political siren on 24 hours a day.

    That is exactly right. Adherence to narrowly defined ideological positions trump logic (and even facts) in the mind of Morris. For one thing, why is it the astronaut husband's responsibility to provide security? Isn't this something done by the local police and possibly people hired by the representative's office? How much security is it reasonable to have? Should the town hall meeting have been held inside a building and all attendees been made to go through metal detectors?

    Posted on January 13, 2012 - 01:45 PM #