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Illinois GOP calls for Dem to resign after she wishes ‘broth of legionella’ on Republican colleague’s family

The Illinois Republican Party is calling for Democratic state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit to resign after she wished an infectious disease upon a GOP colleague’s family.

Kifowit directed the remark at Republican state Rep. Peter Breen during a contentious debate Tuesday over a bill to help families impacted by an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a state-run veterans home, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

{mosads}”I would like to make him a broth of Legionella 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 by getting aspirin instead of being properly treated and ultimately die,” Kifowit said to Breen on the State House floor.



Kifowit’s comments came in response to Breen saying “we don’t even know how much this bill is going to cost.”

GOP state Rep. Jeanne Ives quickly came to her fellow Republican’s defense, saying Kifowit wished death upon Breen.

“How dare you take an honest debate about an issue and then wish death on my colleague Peter Breen, his wife and his two adopted kids?” Ives asked.

Kifowit then clarified her remarks, saying she was speaking hypothetically and that she “quite clearly” wanted him to imagine such a situation.

“For the fact of it being misrepresented, I’m going to say that what was said earlier is a mischaracterization of what my words were,” Kifowit said. “And for that, for it being misinterpreted, I will apologize. But I will not apologize for what happened to those families. And I will clearly say to all of us, imagine if it was your family.”

The Illinois Republican Party on Tuesday tweeted its call for Kifowit to resign.



Kifowit then took to Twitter to again clarify her comments, saying her words “were twisted and misrepresented.”



Breen, the outgoing House Republican floor leader, was recently defeated by Democrat Terra Howard.


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