Jeff Bauman’s stepmother condemns Rep. Stella Tremblay’s comments
The stepmother of Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman has called Rep. Stella Tremblay’s comments that Bauman’s injuries may be fake “deplorable” and “appalling.”
For “a representative of our state to say that, to doubt people such as myself, who’s a citizen of this state just as she is, without even calling, questioning, asking anything about our son, I think it’s deplorable,” said Csilla Bauman, who lives in Concord.
On Tuesday, Tremblay, a Republican from Auburn, questioned Bauman’s injuries in a radio interview, saying Bauman did not look in pain or agony in the iconic photo showing him being pushed in a wheelchair with his leg in shreds. “If I had those types of injuries, I’d be screaming in agony,” she said.
Tremblay’s comments come after her remarks last week that the marathon bombings were executed by the government.
Bauman, a Massachusetts native who visits his family in Concord frequently, was standing near the finish line when the bombs exploded. He had both of his legs amputated below the knees and is now in a rehabilitation facility in Boston.
Csilla Bauman said she was shocked to hear Tremblay’s comments. If Tremblay had questions about Jeff’s injuries, she could have called up the family and asked.
“I know it’s freedom of speech, I get that, (but) why wouldn’t she just call us and ask us about it?” Csilla Bauman said. “How could she say something like that? It’s quite disgusting.”
On Thursday, Tremblay issued an apology.
“My sincere apologies if I have offended anyone with my comments regarding the Boston Marathon bombing,” her statement said.
But yesterday morning, she reiterated on Boston’s WEEI radio that she is not sure if Bauman was really injured.
“I would love to go and visit Jeff, I would like to go and apologize to him if he was hurt,” she said. She then restated her point that if she were injured, she would be screaming in pain.
Just because Jeff was not screaming doesn’t mean he was not in intense pain, Csilla Bauman said. In fact, medical personnel said none of the victims were screaming, which was likely because of shock.
“The medical people told us you would not believe how quiet and somber all these patients were when they came in,” she said.
Tremblay’s comments have been strongly condemned by Republican leadership.