Town Heals and Remembers

Daughter of Sandy Hook Principal Calls Out Senators for Not Taking Her Calls

She has the support of Gov. Dannel Malloy

By LeAnne Gendreau
|  Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013  |  Updated 6:34 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 15: U.S. President Barack Obama presents Erica and Cheryl Lafferty with the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation's second-highest civilian honor, on behalf of their mother and daughter Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung in the East Room of the White House February 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. Principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung was killed during a mass shooting that left 26 people dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. "Their selflessness and courage inspire us all to look for opportunities to better serve our communities and our country," Obama said about this year's recepients. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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The daughter of the school principal killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre called out U.S. senators who are threatening a filibuster on gun control for failing to take her phone calls, and Gov. Dannel Malloy lent his voice this afternoon to help her get calls back.

Erica Lafferty tweeted on Tuesday that she was going through the list of U.S. senators threatening to filibuster and calling them one by one. On Tuesday morning, she tweeted a photo of her sister’s wedding where the bride is kissing her mother’s check.

"I don’t get one of these at my wedding in June," she tweeted.

One senator, Ted Cruz of Texas, agreed to call her back. So she called others out for not calling her back.

"I'll never see my mom again because she was gunned down in Sandy Hook. I don't deserve to be heard?" she tweeted to members of Congress.    

A newsletter posted on the website for Sen. Cruz says he "has pledged to use any procedural means necessary to ensure Congress does not pass any laws infringing on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens."

Sen. Cruz spoke with Lafferty by phone for 15 to 20 minutes Tuesday afternoon, according to a source.

Through Twitter, Lafferty told the lawmakers that she is not going away.

Lafferty tweeted at Cruz, along with Sens. Marco Rubio, Jim Inhofe, Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Jerry Moran, Richard Burr, Ron Johnson, Mike Enzi, Jim Risch, Mike Crapo, Dan Coats and Pat Roberts.

Then Gov. Malloy got involved, tweeting each of the lawmakers.

"Please call @E_Laffs2 back. The families deserve to be heard, and they deserve a vote," Malloy tweeted.

Andrew Doba, director of communications for Malloy, said the governor’s office wanted to lend its voice to the effort.

Several families who lost loved ones in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December traveled to Washington on Monday with President Barack Obama to assist with lobbying efforts on federal gun control legislation. 

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