UPDATE: Malzone Retracts Comment, Apologizes to Public

Tea Party leader says comments about Supreme Court ruling do not reflect his true feelings.

Former Town Councilor Mike Malzone, the founder of the Merrimack Tea Party, said Thursday in a Facebook post reacting to on health care, "I hope the (5 supremes) get colon cancer."

A day after posting the message, Malzone said he stood by what he said. He clarified that he doesn't want anyone to die, and the cancer reference was more to make a point that he wants them to feel the pain being inflicted on Americans being overburdened by taxes.

“I didn't wish for anyone to die, but I said I do wish for them to feel our pain,” he said. “No one cares about me, they all make their promises and then go do what they goddamn feel.”

On Saturday, he retracted his statement, removed it from Facebook and replaced it with an apology.

At this time I am publicly retracting the statements I made concerning the Supreme Court in the wake of their verdict regarding health care.

I am retracting them because they do not reflect my true feelings about the Supreme Court Justices. They were made in the heat of the moment fueled by anger and frustration. I vented my anger without thinking and the result were hurtful remarks which I didn’t believe then and don’t believe now. I do not wish anything bad on the Supreme Court Justices or anyone else and never have.

The full apology can be read below.

Malzone, who briefly considered , posted the message on the Merrimack Tea Facebook page.

He said he feels “beaten down and worn out” by the government, and he is tired of paying taxes to help people who don't do enough to help themselves.

Merrimack Patch contacted Malzone on Friday after coming across the expletive-laden reaction to Thursday's Supreme Court ruling finding the individual health insurance mandate is constitutional.

In his reaction, Malzone expressed clear anger and frustration at the ruling. At the end of his post, he apologized to his followers for the strong language he used, but several people who responded told him no apology was necessary.

“I feel a lot more passionate about this than even this describes. Blow off all the steam, then lets get to work throwing them out,” one person wrote in a comment underneath Malzone's post.

“No apology needed, you said it well......we need to stop yapping and get to work to get these jerks out!” said another.

“You say exactly how I feel! I am so (expletive) mad today!!” added another.

Out of 14 comments, no one said they thought Malzone was in the wrong. The post also received 33 "likes."

On Friday afternoon, Malzone said he'd never felt so beaten down as he did after hearing the Supreme Court decision.

“I can't believe how angry I was,” he said. “But it is what it is. I apologized to Merrimack Tea followers for my language. I keep it clean on that page, I've never sworn before. But people said 'hey we feel your pain,' they told me not to worry about it, to blow off steam and move on.”

Malzone said it's a combination of things that make him wonder why he bothers to work if he could just go on welfare and get things for free.

In 10 years, he's paid $100,000 in property taxes on his house in Merrimack, he's seen his property value drop and his taxes go up. Insurance premiums continue to climb and are likely going to soar after this, he said. He's seen the price of cigarettes go up $2 in the last eight years and then found out recently that people can legally purchase cigarettes and beer using EBT cards.

“I pay taxes on my own cigarettes so other people can buy them for free?” Malzone asked. “Where's the justice in that? There is none.”

Malzone said he is not a hate-filled person; he loves serving his community and giving back and he's the first to help a neighbor if they need it. But yesterday was his breaking point.

“I'm so fed up, I'll do anything for anybody but they're breaking me, they're breaking me down," he said.

He questioned why he works seven days a week, and his wife six, just to barely make ends meet. They drive used cars and live by their own means, but he questioned why people who carry cell phones, drive fancy cars and have laptop computers can get away with saying they can't afford insurance and take government handouts.

“Where's the reward for working hard these days? There is none,” he said.

Malzone, who recently ran an unsuccessful campaign for an open seat on the Merrimack Town Council, said he wouldn't have posted what he did if he were a sitting public official. But as a citizen representing himself, he was exercising his right to free speech.

“I think no matter what I was doing, in the heat yesterday, that's how I felt,” he said. “I apologized to the people that do follow me, for my language. To the people that have done this to us, I don't apologize. But I do apologize to the people who follow me if I offended them.”

Malzone's apology statement on Facebook:

At this time I am publicly retracting the statements I made concerning the Supreme Court in the wake of their verdict regarding health care.

I am retracting them because they do not reflect my true feelings about the Supreme Court Justices. They were made in the heat of the moment fueled by anger and frustration. I vented my anger without thinking and the result were hurtful remarks which I didn’t believe then and don’t believe now. I do not wish anything bad on the Supreme Court Justices or anyone else and never have. I deeply regret my inability to properly convey my frustration or control my anger. My behavior was wrong and inexcusable. I take 100% responsibility for my actions and realize I am accountable for them.

I believe the Supreme Court’s verdict was incorrect and will bestow excessive taxation and hardship to millions of Americans but instead of explaining why they were wrong, I through my thoughtless statements, provided fodder for those who oppose the Tea Party. My words were mine alone and in no way representative of the Tea Party. I deeply regret that my actions will be used to attack individuals who work so hard to ensure that the values of the framers of the constitution continue to be adhered to and followed. The members of the Tea Party are thoughtful caring individuals I am sorry that my thoughtless words are being used to weave everyone one together but I am sure we will persevere because the Tea Party Message is consistent with the visions of the founders of our country.

This is my final statement on the issue. You can’t unring a bell and I will move forward. I am humbled and have learned a valuable lesson. In the future I will use better judgment and will continue to work hard to preserve the values and principles of our constitution.

Michael Malzone
Merrimack NH

annie July 01, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Let's hope that we are able to rid our lovely state of these conservative thugs and save what freedoms we have left. Everyone should exercise their right to vote this Fall.
Fred Wilson July 01, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Of course they delete comments like yours. Who wants to read your hate filled tin foil hat BS.
Fred Wilson July 01, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Edward; Who said Mike was apologizing to you.
Fred Wilson July 01, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Hey Author Unknown; School taxes are three quarters of the tax bill. Get a clue and stop talking out of your ass.
Bob Cavnar July 01, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Fred...My my. Personal attacks and hate, while decrying personal attacks and hate. Hypocritical much?
William Smith July 01, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Right...and there's ZERO hate that comes from the Left. Uh-huh....sure...
April July 01, 2012 at 03:27 PM
He should be ashamed of himself! Clearly he has not sympathy for someone who has been denied healthcare insurance because of pre-existing condition.
Bob Cavnar July 01, 2012 at 03:37 PM
He is a Tea Party leader and threatened to run for US Congress so he could stupidly vote in favor of defaulting on the national debt. He's held to a higher standard because of his "leadership" (a term I use very loosely). That is, unless he's just another bigoted hack, which is probably more descriptive anyway.
JC Parodi July 01, 2012 at 04:42 PM
This just goes to prove, Tea Tards wrap themselves in the constitution, instead of reading it. what a douche.
Bob Cavnar July 01, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Over at the Merrimack Tea Facebook page they're complaining that we're over here commenting about Malzone. I, for one, would be happy to be commenting on their page had Malzone not deleted my comment and blocked me. Free speech for all! That is, unless you disagree with Tea dogma.
Bob Cavnar July 01, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Tort reform. That's a laugh. You do know that ALL legal costs (actual and frivolous) are only 1 to 1.5% of spending, correct? http://prescriptions.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/31/would-tort-reform-lower-health-care-costs/ Repeating Republican talking points changes no minds, solves no problems. Turn off Fox and Rush, get on the interwebs, and do your own research. You'll be shocked how much you don't know as you've railed against healthcare reform armed with nothing but propaganda.
Bob Cavnar July 01, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Looks like Malzone is camped out on his Merrimack Tea facebook page since he just deleted a comment from another reader that didn't please him. Here's the latest comment from outside the echo chamber: From: Jim _____ "Thanks for the apology, Michael, but the damage is done, and you have done America a great service by pulling back the veil to expose the true rage, hatred and seething resentment in every Teabagger's heart. The movement has little to do with "freedom" and "liberty" - it's about fascist control and religious fanaticism. A bunch of old, scared white people who sat there and did nothing while Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush enacted policies that led to the financial collapse. Teabaggers have no knowledge of history or reality - they are just motived by their own deep hatred and resentment that they ain't the fellers in charge anymore, and a black guy is president." That's the problem with many conservatives. When raging to the blogosphere, they're really brave. When confronted with someone as strong (or stronger), or someone armed with the facts that don't fit the Tea narrative, they run. Or worse, threaten that someone.
JK July 01, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Guy needs to step down, obviously from his position on the School Budget Committee or whatever office he fell into. You make hollow diatribe like that in a public forum, as any type of public official, you need step away for awhile. As far as the far right sentiment goes..it's pretty a-typical, and frankly not a surprise anymore, is it? They are 'locked' into this extremo civil liberty thing. I work with a guy who talk just like this. Scary stuff, when the hate filled rhetoric starts..it reminds me a bit of Westboro Baptist Church stuff, and to wish cancer on someone after losing a family member to cancer very recently, just shows his lack of civil tact and demeanor. Sounds like someone needs to get over himself, stop spewing hate and venom because this is the only thing that will get you noticed from here on out.
Keith F Thompson July 01, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Not surprisingly, another non-apology apology. He actually uses the words I'm sorry, but goes on to say the Supreme Court decision (not a verdict!) was wrong, implying the wrong decision caused his bad act. He then goes on to make it very clear he only apologized so as to not damage the reputation of the tea party. Too late. He did no damage but to re-enforce the image they work so hard to project. I only regret not taking a screen shot of his post. He's able to pull a Winston Smith and redact what he posted, and we can't count on the media to hold him accountable. It won't be long before he'll deny even saying it. So sad that the Patch again lets him get away with portraying himself as having only lost his cool once, when the FB page for Merrimack Tea Party clearly demonstrates the vitriol he spews on a regular basis. The only difference this time was a couple of swear words, a reference to cancer and MRSA (I can only assume that's what he meant by mercer). If he's a "regular guy" who just got frustrated with a situation, I say we need a different definition of a regular guy.
Keith F Thompson July 01, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Wow, excellent comment from Jim ____. Mr Malzone may be monitoring the Facebook page, but I wonder if he could keep up with a bunch of people copying and pasting Jim ____'s comment repeatedly to the page.
Missy B July 01, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Raymond Whipple July 01, 2012 at 11:39 PM
@ Fred - Who wants to read hate filled speech? Is that just what Mike did? But that's alright for him and others on that Facebook page. Seems to me if you can not make your point, no matter who you are, without degrading, swearing, or wishing bad stuff on then maybe you should just be quiet.
Kimberly Grant July 02, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Typical ultra-reich-wing hater. Lash out immediately - apologize ONLY when it gets you in trouble. Like we're going to believe the apology of someone who could say something like that in the first place...!
Brenda Grady July 02, 2012 at 12:50 AM
You can't brush off his hateful wish for people to suffer from cancer that easily. I wonder how he'd feel if a Merrimack citizen with cancer (colon or otherwise) confronted him about his flippant remark.
Tony from PDX July 02, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Dear John: When conservative state legislatures end-run Roe v. Wade by making facilities where abortions are performed have the same facilities as nearby state-of-the-art hospitals, this isn't a power grab? Though if all whom you can quote is Annie Rand (sorry, Iynie Rand), well, to quote Mr. T: I pity the fool.
Louise Malbon-Reddix July 02, 2012 at 01:29 AM
We all have the right to agree or disagree with any point. For sure there have been decisions that I wish had gone another way. And I believe we all know what it feels like to want and wish for something to go your way, and the pain you have when it doesn't. When I am at a vulnerable time as clearly this was a vulnerable time for Mr. Malzone, I remove myself from public view and earshot. I give myself time to adjust, pour out , cry out or perhaps some therapeutic scream therapy. Then I return when I can speak with a social voice on the issue. But to wish ill health on another human being? They had to do their job now, and please think on that one. Those persons mean something to someone. They are someone's mother, father, sister, brother, loved one, significant other, and just plain another human being. Please think on that one. Louise Malbon-Reddix - http://www.victoryroadwellnesscenter.com
precious July 04, 2012 at 12:09 AM
ooops..he did not want his true colors shining through..keep them in you prayers
precious July 04, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Mr Malzone made it perfectly clear in his statement, it's ALL about him and the ones that has his mentality..they are all about me club..they really don't give a rats butt for individuals, families,children,senior citizens that are amongst the less fortunate. So if you have nothing or have loss what you had like health Insurance,401k,,their attitude is so what..just dont look for a helping hand for it will take away from THEM...sps
Gail Wilhelm July 04, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Malzone's apology received. Not accepted. The Tea Party does NOT represent the sentiments of the framers of the constitution. In fact, they seem to totally misunderstand the premise of federalism and are intolerant of opinions other than their own. And are largely blatantly racist.
Chris Wright July 17, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I just looked up Mr. Malzone's property taxes on Merrimack's assessment website. He is paying under $6,000 in property taxes on his residence. Unless he has another property in town that he is paying taxes on under another name or business name, there is no way he paid $100,000 in property taxes in 10 years. So not only were his comments inappropriate, but whether one believes property taxes are a fair system or not, his estimate of what he pays out in taxes seems to have no basis in the public record.
Robert Paulson July 17, 2012 at 07:31 PM
You're simply an idiot hiding in a tea bag.
Robert Paulson July 17, 2012 at 07:38 PM
And you have the grapes to broadcast your ignorance, intolerance, bigotry and hatred to the world. You're fortunate that it only takes a tiny bunch small seedless grapes.
Robert Paulson July 17, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Sorry, Fred. Based on my experience I think she's right, especially the IGNORANT part.
Robert Paulson July 17, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Fred, a teabagger is a radical right wing conservative who is so stupid that they continually vote against their own self interest foolishly thinking that they might some day be part of the 1%.
Robert Paulson July 17, 2012 at 08:13 PM
You see the facade while we see the real Malzone. So he helps little old ladies cross the street. Tell me, is that before, after or between expressions of his hate and ignorance?


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