UPDATED 11:07 AM PT — Thurs. Nov. 29, 2018
A Democrat lawmaker is facing backlash for verbally attacking a GOP colleague and his family during a debate in the Illinois House of Representatives.
The incident happened this week as the officials were discussing legislation centered around a deadly outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease at a veteran’s home run by the state.
Republican Peter Breen was wondering about the potential cost of the measure, which would increase the potential monetary damages awarded in civil lawsuits.
Democrat Stephanie Kifowit responded with a heated comment a few minutes later.
“To the representative from Lombard, I would like to make him a broth and pump it into the water system of his loved ones, so that they can be infected, they can be mistreated, they can sit and suffer and get aspirin instead of being properly treated, and ultimately DIE,” she stated.
Kifowit later issued an apology for the remarks, saying they were meant to be hypothetical. The Democrat moved to have them struck from the official record.
Breen accepted the apology, but said his colleague could face criminal charges if she made the remarks elsewhere. He also went on to urge a return to civil discourse.