Thayer's comments at Tea Party rally spark response from Democratic representative

08/27/2012 02:32 PM

An angry response from state Representative Darryl Owens of Louisville revolves around a statement made by state Senator Damon Thayer of Georgetown last week at the affordable care rally in Frankfort.

Democratic Rep. Darryl Owens criticized Thayer for adding fuel to the “birther” movement – which contends Barack Obama was not born in the United States.

Owens sent Thayer a letter stating the following:

“When someone in the crowd responded ‘Kenya’ your reaction appeared to give credence to the odious concept. You had an opportunity to have your own McCain Moment and correct or dispel that false claim, but you chose to grin and look pleased,” Owens said in his letter to Thayer.

“Elected officials are expected to speak against their opponents’ policy and platforms at political rallies. However, I believe legislators have an obligation to steer away from inspiring hatred, breeding contempt, and perpetuating lies.”

Owens told Thayer in the letter he expected better from him and that he had the chance to portray his sense of civility and he “blew it”.

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