Connecticut governor criticized for campaign ad citing Sandy Hook massacre

MILFORD Conn. Tue Aug 5, 2014 6:52pm EDT

Connecticut's Governor Dannel Malloy speaks to the media in East Haven, August 9, 2013.  REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

Connecticut's Governor Dannel Malloy speaks to the media in East Haven, August 9, 2013.

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MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - Connecticut Republicans have been criticizing Governor Dannel Malloy for a new campaign ad, charging that it exploits the 2012 massacre at an elementary school in his state by touting his handling of its aftermath.

The 30-second television spot, which began airing early this week, features Nicole Hockley, whose son Dylan was one of 20 children and six adults shot dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history.

"Governor Malloy has the courage and conviction to stand up and do the right thing," said Hockley, a spokeswoman for the group Sandy Hook Promise, which opposes gun violence. She was referring to Malloy's efforts after the shooting that led the state to pass a strict new gun-control law.

Republican critics accused Malloy of benefiting from an ad that exploited victims of tragedy, both at Sandy Hook and from 2012's Superstorm Sandy.

"Governor Malloy manages to exploit both the Newtown tragedy and the devastation of Hurricane Sandy for political gain," State Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola said in a statement.

(Editing by Scott Malone and David Gregorio)

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Comments (6)
carnivalchaos wrote:
Yet it was okay for Republicans Bush, Gov. George Pataki, and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to “exploit” the 9/11 attacks. More Republican double standards. They just can’t help themselves.

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carnivalchaos wrote:
Reuters has gone overboard in their censorship efforts. I make comments that are neither too long nor contain foul language nor do they contain insults, and they refuse to post them. A sign of the ever-increasing corporate control of pertinent information. The future looks bleak.

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rlm328 wrote:
They are only censoring the ones from a coservative viewpoint, some of the progressive posts are invictive rants and they allow them through.

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