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NC congresswoman calls gay death case a `hoax'

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RALEIGH -- A North Carolina congresswoman under fire for calling a gay man's beating death a "hoax" says she should have selected her words more carefully. Republican Rep. Virginian Foxx said during debate in the U.S. House that the Matthew Shepard case behind a hate crimes bill was a hoax. Foxx said Shepard wasn't killed in 1998 because he was gay but because he was involved in a robbery. The bill approved by the House would expand a federal hate crimes law to include acts motivated by sexual orientation. Foxx later called her comments "a poor choice of words." Gay rights supporters were critical of Foxx. Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis said Foxx's comments were "unreal, unbelievable." (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Why?

I just do not understand an elected official speaking this way about the death of a child. She makes our state look like a bunch of ignorant buffon's. Before she let off about what this crime WAS NOT she should have read into WHAT THE CRIME WAS. Obviously she can not even use google but she represents our state. Man, when is the next election to get rid of her.

She chose to say those

She chose to say those words. It couldn't have been worded it any differently to make it seem any less terrible. She said this as Matthew Shepard's mother was sitting in the same room! She was named "Worst Person In The World" yesterday by Keith Olberman, serves her right.

Virginian Foxx

How could that be a poor choice of words? It's more of a poor choice in an elected Rep.