In wake of shooting, Esty makes plea for civility- The bottom line is we all love our country’
LITCHFIELD – Speaking before a group of area Democrats on Saturday, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty expressed a need for unity and civil discourse in the wake of the shooting of her Republican colleague in the House, Steve Scalise.
Esty, appearing at a meeting of Democrats from the 30th state Senate District, said the shooting that occurred while Scalise and fellow Republicans were practicing for their annual charity baseball game against House Democrats on Wednesday should prompt new dialogue in the House.
“The bottom line is we all love our country and we all want every American to be cherished, and we’ve got to find a way to do that,” Esty said. “It’s going to involve abiding by our principles and living by them.”
Dialogue in the House addressing issues affecting public welfare, she said, should be vigorous but civil, even in a polarized political climate.
“We need to get back to a place where we can find agreement on our principles and priorities,” Esty said.
She said she was in a spinning class at the time of the shooting with other representatives, including House Majority Leader Paul Ryan, when it became clear something was wrong.
“Paul Ryan’s security detail came into the gym and pulled him aside,” Esty said. “He left with them, and a short time later, we learned of the shooting. It was a very hard week in Washington.”
Esty was speaking at the Litchfield home of Democratic State Central Committee member Audrey Blondin, who organized the meeting with fellow state central committee member Larry Sweeney of Morris.
More than a dozen Democratic officials from the 30th District attended to hear Esty and several potential statewide office candidates.