Unlike Giffords Shooting, Paul Krugman Goes Silent


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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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Nobel Prize winning economist and New York Times contributor Paul Krugman is discussing economics Wednesday morning, not the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and a handful of congressional staffers that took place on a baseball field in Alexandria.

Krugman’s silence on the matter is interesting, given the column he wrote hours after the shooting of former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona that insinuated the incident was a “politically” motivated attack.

The economist wrote the column Jan. 8, 2011, the same day that Gifford and 12 other individuals were shot in a Tuscon, Ariz., parking lot, that “we don’t have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was.” Krugman wrote that the reason Gifford was targeted is “she’s a Democrat who survived what was otherwise a GOP sweep in Arizona.”

In the hours following Wednesday morning’s attack, Krugman has been completely silent on the matter, at least on his personal Twitter account.

Krugman’s column in The New York Times, where he posted his story after the Gifford shooting, does not have a byline regarding the shooting Wednesday.

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