While the story of the heckling that wasn’t a heckling at a Connecticut hearing on guns was making the rounds of just about every cable news channel and Left-leaning website yesterday, another tidbit from that meeting has been leaking out slowly. While Second Amendment supporters answering a question have been branded nationally as “animals” exhibiting “repulsive” behavior, Connecticut state senator Beth Bye is coming under fire for posting to Twitter and Facebook during that same meeting, according to Courant.com.
Sen. Chris Murphy, co-sponsor with Sen. Dianne Feinstein of the 2013 assault weapons ban legislation, was quick to jump to Bye’s defense.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 31, 2013
Is this really a story? Newtown father Neil Heslin being “shouted down” certainly was. If answering Heslin’s question was disrespectful enough to incite national outrage, Bye’s posts during the meeting certainly count as newsworthy. Screenshots show her participating in a “drinking game” during testimony.
— Lisa Morell (@lisalake) January 30, 2013
@bethbye it is unbelievable how much disrespect you show to LAW ABIDING citizens and there testimony..have another drink.
— Mike (@minardo61) January 29, 2013
@[email protected] I read your tweets about the Drinking game….seriously? FOR SHAME!
— John Bunce (@JohnsAlaska2011) January 29, 2013
@bethbye why are you mocking those who oppose your views? Is this how you think politics should work? You don’t deserve a seat there.
— Adam Robertson (@sukTHEfac) January 29, 2013
— Josh Phillips (@JTPhilly) January 29, 2013
— Mark Capaldo (@27mterra) January 30, 2013
Courant.com reports that Bye deleted her Twitter accounted after she received “several profanity-laced Twitter and email messages from all over the country.”
— Michael Zimmermann(@zimm3rmann) January 30, 2013