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McGee Says Parking Violation Death Threats Came Through Facebook

by | Jan 20, 2015 1:44pm () Comments | Commenting has expired | Share
Posted to: Ethics, State Capitol, Hartford

Christine Stuart photo (Updated 6 p.m.) Despite having publicly apologized for his transgression, State Rep. Brandon McGee said Tuesday that he has received death threats from Facebook users since a photo showing his BMW parked illegally in a handicapped spot began circulating on the social networking site.

McGee is vice chair of the Human Services Committee, which also oversees programs for the disabled. He said he reported the threats to Facebook and is in the “process of” reporting the threats to the Capitol Police.

On Friday, McGee parked in a handicapped parking spot outside the Dunkin’ Donuts on Capitol Avenue. The photo made the rounds on social media over the weekend after being posted to the “We the People” blog run by Kevin Brookman of Hartford. McGee says he was there for less than three minutes and was running in for food between meetings at the Capitol and his full-time job.

“What I don’t want to do is continue on something I’ve already made an apology on,” McGee said after a Human Services Committee meeting Tuesday. “I’d like to move forward.”

Courtesy of Kevin Brookman and On Sunday, McGee posted the following on his Facebook page:

“Dear Friends, this should not of happened and I made a mistake. I apologize to all the people who rely on handicap parking being available and everyone else who does the right thing every day by leaving those spaces open and parking elsewhere. There is no excuse for my bad behavior and I am truly sorry. Brandon.”

McGee said he didn’t remove the apology he made from Facebook, but he had to change his privacy settings so that people who are not already friends with him would not be able to make “derogatory comments” on the page.

He said that’s why it was important for him to get on television news Monday to make sure all of his constituents in Hartford and parts of Windsor, who may not be Facebook friends with him, knew he was sorry.

McGee said he didn’t think it was beneficial to allow individuals to continue to make harsh comments on his Facebook page.

“I made a mistake. I’m sorry, but I also think that everyone should know where I stand,” McGee said before stopping to ask two reporters fumbling with their phones Tuesday to get a better picture of him.

McGee said he’s meeting with his staff and House leadership to figure out what’s next. He’s researching organizations he can make a contribution to since he didn’t receive a ticket for parking illegally in a handicapped spot.

The contribution would be the equivalent of the cost of the parking ticket for parking in a handicapped spot. A ticket for a first offense is $150.

“I’m a public leader and we have to lead by example,” McGee said. “I am not above anybody or the law, so I’m not making light of the situation.”

McGee said that’s why it was important that he accepted responsibility and made his apology in the place where the incident happened at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Capitol Avenue.

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said he considers the matter closed.

“I talked to Rep. McGee about the seriousness of his lapse in judgment. He is rightfully embarrassed, he made a public apology, and will donate the cost of the ticket he could have received to an appropriate charity,” Sharkey said in a statement. “From my standpoint, the matter is closed.” 

The photo of McGee parking in a handicapped spot was taken on Friday and posted to the “We the People” blog run by Kevin Brookman of Hartford on Saturday. By Sunday, McGee posted an apology on his Facebook page and by Monday McGee gave interviews to television news stations.

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posted by: GBear423 | January 20, 2015  3:11pm


saw his non-apology on TV this morning, he was giving excuses about how busy he is…  then said oh that doesn’t matter I am sorry…  ya well you said it pal so it matters to #1 B McGee! hey get my good side with that cell phone camera you twit!

posted by: somersct | January 20, 2015  5:50pm

Is the BMW owned by the state? Please give up your state owned BMW.

posted by: art vandelay | January 20, 2015  6:56pm

art vandelay

Another Democrat who doesn’t practice what he preaches.  He’s all for the poor, the disenfranchised, with his Robin Hood mentality, yet drives around in a BMW.
What a hypocrite.

posted by: DrHunterSThompson | January 20, 2015  7:14pm

awe common people, it’s about the doughnuts man ........... was he a cop?


posted by: NoNonsense | January 20, 2015  8:39pm

Yes, Rep. McGee is sorry. Sorry he got caught. Sorry lots of people found out. Sorry he won’t be able to get away with it anymore. It’s just so darn inconvenient to have to park a few more feet away when you’re busy, busy, busy and in a hurry. I read on another site that this is not the first time Rep. McGee has parked in a handicap spot, but let’s hope it’s the last. But come on, Facebook people, death threats? Just a tad extreme.

posted by: dano860 | January 20, 2015  9:21pm

Folks, I’ve had a saying for years that I contend speaks volumes. ‘The value of a vehicle doesn’t reflect the owners values.’
It is his car, the State doesn’t supply vehicles to our legislators, yet! 
He screwed up, yup, it seems that these spots do get abused regularly after watching the WFSB report. My complaint with them and everything associated with them is that no one knows the laws about them. The tag that says you can use them isn’t suppose to be hung on the mirror while the vehicle is in motion. Most of these are on private property (Dunkin’ Donuts is private property) and the property owner or their representatives have to invite the police to ticket a violator. Many of the tags are out of date, there are no ‘lifetime’ tags issued anymore. They no longer have the plate number on them, if they do they are years old, out of date and probably belonged to a relative that has passed away. The sad part is no one cares or does anything about it.
Rep. McGee and his committee can start there if he wants to help those that need and deserve those benefits. Make the laws enforceable by police, even on private property. That would be great retribution for his error.

posted by: art vandelay | January 20, 2015  10:52pm

art vandelay

@dano860,  I think there are two distinct issues here.  The first is the fact that Senator McGee parked in a Handicap Space. Public or Private property, there is no excuse period!  Not even the most liberal Democrat can excuse him for that.  The second is the type of vehicle the senator drives.  If he were a rich Republican the liberals would be all over him for driving a BMW.  Senator McGee is a Democrat who represents the north end of Hartford & parts of Windsor.  The area he represents is one of the most impoverished in the state.  He’s not making a good impression on his constituents nor “feeling their pain” by driving a new model BMW.  I’m sorry I’d have more respect for the Senator if he drove a vehicle more representative of the population he represents.  If he wants to drive a new BMW, he shouldn’t draw attention to himself by putting legislator plates on it.  He’s just calling negative attention to himself.

posted by: Sarah Darer Littman | January 21, 2015  9:41am

It’s funny, how everyone is judging him on his car. I remember when I first got my BMW, which I bought low mileage second hand and paid for in full, because I’d saved up the money, I went to vote. One of my good Republican friends saw the car and made a joke to the effect “Wow Sarah, that’s not a Democrat car - you’re starting to look like a Republican.” Now I hadn’t taken a vacation for four years at the time I bought it because I was saving money, but that car was my vacation.  Every time I got in it with the top down it felt like I was on holiday, even driving mundane chores. I have had more joy per dollar from driving it than most things I have ever spent money on. At times I felt like it saved my sanity. Maybe you prioritize your money on other things. But I’ve dreamed about getting my car since I was a teenager, I paid cash for it, and I won’t let anyone judge me about the fact that I drive it.

posted by: SocialButterfly | January 21, 2015  11:08am

Another example of Democratic false prosperity practiced under our bankruptcy-driven lapse of good judgement Obama-Malloyism dictatorship.

posted by: NoNonsense | January 21, 2015  11:43am

@art vandelay: And why should Rep. McGee drive a vehicle “more representative of the population he represents”? Why shouldn’t he drive a car that represents what can be accomplished by getting an education and making something of his life? He’s got a Master’s degree and owns his own consulting firm, and the car he drives is representative of that. In that, I think he sets a good example. In his choice of parking spaces, not so much.

posted by: dano860 | January 21, 2015  3:52pm

Art, NoNon is right, the man has apparently earned the vehicle and as SDL said ‘what difference does it make? Oh wait, maybe that was someone else. In the end he may not like Cadillac’s with 22’s and air lift systems.
He doesn’t get a pass on the violation but he can help remedy the problem. These spaces are abused all of the time. Sit at any big box store and watch for a few minutes. Guaranteed you will see able body folks using them.

posted by: Santa | January 21, 2015  5:30pm

He apologized.  Admitted it was a mistake and won’t do it again.  He donated the amount of the fine.  I think it is time to move on to items that really need attention rather than keep harping on old news!!!!

posted by: art vandelay | January 21, 2015  6:41pm

art vandelay

@NoNonsense & Dano860, I see your point of view, and agree to a certain extent.  Senator McGee has every right to drive any car he so desires and can afford.  My gripe is that he’s a Democrat who’s resume parallels that of an extreme leftist who believes in equal distribution of the wealth.  He’s not representing his cause by driving a BMW.  Barack Obama owned a modest Chrysler during his tenure as an Illinois State Senator. It just seems hypocritical to me.  I also agree it’s time to move on. Enough said!

posted by: justsayin | January 21, 2015  8:59pm

Who cares what he drives, his life his car. But he needs to be held to a higher standard. He should do more than donate some money he needs to donate some time to bring awareness. Lets turn this into something constructive.

posted by: SocialButterfly | January 22, 2015  11:31am

@art vandelay: You created A moot point when you when you compared Brandon McGee’s BMW with a modest Chrysler once driven by Barack Obama. Who really cares?  Why over-extend a subject that you claim that you want to put to rest?

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