by Steven Ertelt
October 25, 2006
Windsor, CO (LifeNews.com) — Terri Schiavo’s former husband Michael apparently has a tremendous dislike for pro-life Colorado Rep. Marilyn Musgrave. Michael came to Colorado in July to blast Musgrave’s vote to help Terri’s parents prevent her euthanasia death and he came back to the state last night to attack her at a campaign debate.
Musgrave was one of hundreds of members of Congress of both parties to vote for legislation asking federal courts to review Florida court decisions preventing Terri’s parents from stopping Michael’s efforts to take her life by denying her food and water.
Michael attended the Tuesday night debate between Musgrave and two other candidates. He tried, but failed to be able to get a question for the candidates answered before the time for debate expired.
So he shouted at Musgrave after the debate.
"Would you want people in Congress making your personal decisions?" he asked.
Musgrave was surrounded by supporters and campaign staff after the debate and left the stage without confronting an angry Michael.
"I was screaming at her and she got scurried off the stage," he told the Greeley Tribune newspaper. "That was cowardice. She couldn’t stand up and answer a question."
Musgrave’s campaign manager, Shaun Kenney, told the Tribune that Michael’s surprise appearance at the debate was a campaign tactic designed to help Musgrave’s opponent, pro-abortion state Rep. Angie Paccione.
"It was a bit sophomoric," he said.
Meanwhile, Musgrave’s campaign released a press statement saying Paccione had been quoted in 2005 saying she disagreed with Michael’s decision to euthanize Terri and Musgrave accused her of an election year flip-flop.
In July, Michael appeared at an event with Paccione and harshly criticized her.
In a statement provided to the Rocky Mountain News, Musgrave said she has "only compassion for Michael and Terri’s family, and all those who have lost a loved one."
Schiavo told the newspaper that, while Terri’s family works to make sure the disabled and elderly get proper medical care, he will do anything necessary to go after pro-life lawmakers who voted for the bill and support candidates like Paccione who think assisted suicide and euthanasia is okay.
"I will go as far as I need to go," Schiavo said.
He indicated he will campaign for candidates in other states and likely speak out about the 2008 presidential elections.
Terri spent 15 years in a minimally conscious state, although she was able to communicate in a limited manner with her parents and others. After years of court battles, Michael won the right to kill her via euthanasia and told doctors to remove the feeding tube that provided her with food and water.
Terri died on March 31, 2005 after a painful 15-day starvation and dehydration death.
Related web sites:
Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation – https://www.terrisfight.org