“Well, that would be impolitic.”

That was Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s reaction Monday when asked about a Facebook suggestion by state Rep. DebraLee Hovey, a Republican who represents Monroe and Newtown, that gunshot survivor and former Democratic Congresswoman Gabby Giffords stay out of her district.

Hovey took issue with Giffords’ decision to visit Newtown to meet privately with town officials and families affected by the shooting deaths of six educators and 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary.

She apologized and took her Facebook page private.

“If she’s apologized, that would probably be an appropriate thing to say,” Malloy said.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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