A candidate running for state Representative is a member of a closed Facebook group that claims the Dec. 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in which 20 children and six adults were killed was a hoax.
James McGovern, the Republican challenger candidate in the Connecticut House of Representatives 15th district, which includes Bloomfield and Windsor, is listed as one of 1,683 members in the group – a list private to those whose membership has not been approved. Postings to the group’s page include claims that slain teacher Victoria Soto is still alive and conspiracy theories that the Sandy Hook Commission appointed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is part of a government cover-up.
McGovern posted to the group Monday to promote his candidacy.
“Figured I would post here to cause a little bit of last minute media churn. Let’s see how they interpret this,” McGovern wrote, adding an emoticon smile face and a link to his campaign page.
An hour later, an active member in the group shared the link.
“Did you know that one of our members is a candidate for State Representative in Connecticut ? Vote for James McGovern !!,” the user wrote.
McGovern is running against state Rep. David Baram.