New Hampshire candidate wishes Palin and Levi Johnston were in plane crash

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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A New Hampshire candidate for the state house is taking heat from the state Republican Party after he wrote on a Facebook thread that he wishes former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and the father of her grandson were in the plane crash that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens in Alaska on Monday.

“Just wish Sarah and Levy (sic) were on board,” wrote Keith Halloran, a Democratic candidate for Cheshire County House District 7, referencing Palin and Levi Johnston, the on-again, off-again boyfriend of her daughter.

Stevens and four others died in the crash after the plane headed to a fishing trip slammed into the side of a mountain in Alaska.

The comment from Halloran was in response to a post on Facebook from Republican state Rep. DJ Bettencourt about Steven’s death, who said, “I find it truly sad and sickening that some folks can’t find a way to be positive or at least keep quiet about someone when they pass away.”

The New Hampshire GOP called Holloran’s comment a “new low, even by the standards of the New Hampshire Democrat (sic) Party.”

“His publicly stated death wish for Governor Palin and her family is abhorrent, and has no place in our public discourse,” said NHGOP communications director Ryan Williams.

Neither Halloran, nor the state Democratic party, immediately returned a request for comment.

Bettencourt told The Daily Caller that since Halloran “friended” him on Facebook last fall, he’s noticed that the candidate often posts on topics having to with politics “rather boldly and liberally, but nothing quite like this.”

Others on Facebook, including other Democrats, chided Halloran for the remarks, he said.