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Joseph Stuart, aka “BoyBlue,” Demands Inculpability While Condemning Conservatives

Two days before the shooting that incapacitated Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others, Joseph Stuart, under the alias BoyBlue, wrote a “diary” in which he said the Congresswoman was “dead to me” for voting against the uber-liberal Nancy Pelosi in the minority party’s leadership race.  After the shooting, he promptly deleted the post, it has since been reinstated after multiple screenshots of the page were released.  Stuart then released perhaps the most unapologetic “apology” I’ve ever read.  ”Of course i [sic] wished no harm to Gabby. I still LIKED and LIKE her ….,” he says.  Saying that the Congresswoman was “now dead to me” was just a “VERY poor choice of words.”

If that’s all he had said, then I’d have let this go, but it isn’t.  Instead, he took the opportunity—while demanding we give him the benefit of the doubt—to blast Conservatives and add to the dishonest narrative that had already formed.  According to Stuart, his diary was being twisted by “the far right to preemptively protect themselves when it is inevitably found out that the perps against Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords are tied to the far right and even perhaps (not saying this definitively) to the Jesse Kelly campaign or simply some of his disgruntled sour grapes supporters.” His rantings didn’t end there either. He continues, “I HAVE to offer a heartfelt “fuck you” to the right wing blogs AND the New York Times’ Matt Bai, for even mentioning my username here in ANY connection to that unspeakable and unthinkable horror.”

No one that I know of on “the right wing blogs” has attempted to implicate Stuart the way he attempted to convict the “Jesse Kelly campaign.”  They have pointed out that his language represents everything the left claims to be protesting.  They have pointed out that Palin wasn’t the only person who “targeted Giffords;” the DailyKos’ founder, Markos Moulitsas, also wanted her voted out.  If Palin’s speech incites violence, then left-wing speech must also incite violence.  How can Stuart declare his own comments innocuous and also expect us to believe Jesse Kelly is responsible because he campaigned against her months ago?  You can’t have it both ways.  The evidence says language had nothing to do with this incident, but if you believe it did, then you must condemn everyone who spoke against Giffords, not just those whom you dislike.

I have only one more question: Joseph Stuart or “BoyBlue”—whichever you prefer—now that we know the shooter wasn’t a “disgruntled former Jesse Kelly rightwing supporter,” can I have your house?

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  • Excellent points!

  • Excellent points!

  • I don’t think Joseph Stuart is his real name. I live in Tucson and am very curious about BoyBlue but can’t find a record of “Joseph Stuart” anywhere.
    He says he lives in Tucson, but he doesn’t own property, per Pima County Parcel Search (http://gis.pima.gov/maps/landbase/parsrch.htm).
    In other posts, he says he’s an attorney, but there is no Joseph Stuart registered with the AZ State Bar (www.azbar.org) no listing in the phone book.
    He has also said he was a big donor to Giffords, but there is no record of any donations by Joseph Stuart on oepensecrets.org. There is a retired UofA professor that has contributed to Obama and Giffords, but according to his bio, he is married to a woman and doesn’t have any adult, male children living in Tucson.
    BoyBlue has also said he shot himself in the face when his lover left him in January 2010, but there is no police report available online, and no court records on http://apps.supremecourt.az.gov.
    He has posted many other things that are impossible to verify: like he was accosted by Tea Party people at the Tucson Gay Pride Parade because he had Giffords signs all over his white truck. (I looked at a couple videos of the parade online, but didn’t see a white truck.)
    He has also posted several times that he has had direct, face to face conversations with Giffords staff and with Grijalva’s staff in the past and bragged about it online.
    I think “Joseph Stuart” aka BoyBlue doesn’t exist and makes a lot of things up to make himself seem important to his online buddies in the KOS echo-chamber.

    Given the call for civility, he’s gone to the other extreme, calling for an end to civility in a post on KOS two days ago. If you ask me…BoyBlue is dangerous.
    (Only available on Google cache, it’s been scrubbed)
    This “CIVILITY” Bullsh*t Has Gone WAY too far and Gabby would agree
    by BoyBlue Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 08:22:05 AM PST
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/1/18/937113/-This-CIVILITY-Bullsh*t-Has-Gone-WAY-too-far-and-Gabby-would-agree

    • It’s entirely possible that this is not his real name. However, if it is not, then it is a consistent lie. When I originally started looking to see if his name was listed, I came across a blog post in which he lamented sharing his first name with Joseph Lieberman. Several of his comments state his name as Joseph Stuart, Joey, etc. This was one of the few consistent themes in his posts (other than hatred of the “far-right”).

      On another note, he claims to have raised significant cash for Giffords, not necessarily donated personally; he may have altered this claim in later posts, but to me it implies that he worked at a call center or something to that effect. Anyone can work at a call center, and all volunteers are part of the fundraising efforts regardless of their actual contribution. I would also note that he wouldn’t necessarily need to own land in Tuscon to live there. There are many rental properties within 7 miles of the event. See: http://goo.gl/maps/3LF2

      There are certainly some inconsistencies. The claim that he was accosted by Tea Partiers seems unlikely. Why else would this come out only after Gifford’s shooting, a wholly unrelated event. He would have gotten all the airtime he wanted on MSNBC if Tea Party members had attacked him.

  • I don’t think Joseph Stuart is his real name. I live in Tucson and am very curious about BoyBlue but can’t find a record of “Joseph Stuart” anywhere.
    He says he lives in Tucson, but he doesn’t own property, per Pima County Parcel Search (http://gis.pima.gov/maps/landbase/parsrch.htm).
    In other posts, he says he’s an attorney, but there is no Joseph Stuart registered with the AZ State Bar (www.azbar.org) no listing in the phone book.
    He has also said he was a big donor to Giffords, but there is no record of any donations by Joseph Stuart on oepensecrets.org. There is a retired UofA professor that has contributed to Obama and Giffords, but according to his bio, he is married to a woman and doesn’t have any adult, male children living in Tucson.
    BoyBlue has also said he shot himself in the face when his lover left him in January 2010, but there is no police report available online, and no court records on http://apps.supremecourt.az.gov.
    He has posted many other things that are impossible to verify: like he was accosted by Tea Party people at the Tucson Gay Pride Parade because he had Giffords signs all over his white truck. (I looked at a couple videos of the parade online, but didn’t see a white truck.)
    He has also posted several times that he has had direct, face to face conversations with Giffords staff and with Grijalva’s staff in the past and bragged about it online.
    I think “Joseph Stuart” aka BoyBlue doesn’t exist and makes a lot of things up to make himself seem important to his online buddies in the KOS echo-chamber.

    Given the call for civility, he’s gone to the other extreme, calling for an end to civility in a post on KOS two days ago. If you ask me…BoyBlue is dangerous.
    (Only available on Google cache, it’s been scrubbed)
    This “CIVILITY” Bullsh*t Has Gone WAY too far and Gabby would agree
    by BoyBlue Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 08:22:05 AM PST
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/1/18/937113/-This-CIVILITY-Bullsh*t-Has-Gone-WAY-too-far-and-Gabby-would-agree

    • It’s entirely possible that this is not his real name. However, if it is not, then it is a consistent lie. When I originally started looking to see if his name was listed, I came across a blog post in which he lamented sharing his first name with Joseph Lieberman. Several of his comments state his name as Joseph Stuart, Joey, etc. This was one of the few consistent themes in his posts (other than hatred of the “far-right”).

      On another note, he claims to have raised significant cash for Giffords, not necessarily donated personally; he may have altered this claim in later posts, but to me it implies that he worked at a call center or something to that effect. Anyone can work at a call center, and all volunteers are part of the fundraising efforts regardless of their actual contribution. I would also note that he wouldn’t necessarily need to own land in Tuscon to live there. There are many rental properties within 7 miles of the event. See: http://goo.gl/maps/3LF2

      There are certainly some inconsistencies. The claim that he was accosted by Tea Partiers seems unlikely. Why else would this come out only after Gifford’s shooting, a wholly unrelated event. He would have gotten all the airtime he wanted on MSNBC if Tea Party members had attacked him.