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Mental health group unhappy about Bolling remark

Tuesday - 7/17/2012, 7:39am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - A group that advocates on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities is calling Virginia's Republican lieutenant governor out for an offhand comment suggesting that President Barack Obama's supporters belong in a mental hospital.

Mira Signer, who heads the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Virginia, called Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling's remark to the Daily Press newspaper outside an Obama rally Saturday "outrageous, ignorant and prejudiced" and wants an apology.

Bolling, a 2013 gubernatorial candidate, was providing the GOP response to the president's stop near Richmond when he told a reporter that those who feel Obama has done a good job on the economy "should vote for him, then check themselves into a mental hospital."

Bolling spokeswoman Ibbie Hedrick says he was using hyperbole and didn't intend to offend anyone.

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