CONCORD, NH – New Hampshire GOP Chairman Fergus Cullen issued the following statement today on Portsmouth left-wing radical Andy Kaplan’s efforts to have President Bush arrested on war-crimes charges:
“Given the upcoming Democratic convention and Andy Kaplan’s high profile efforts in Portsmouth to have President Bush arrested and indicted on war-crimes charges, it would be appropriate to have Carol Shea-Porter, Jeanne Shaheen and Paul Hodes each comment on the efforts of his group. Their continued silence shows not only their quiet approval but once again demonstrates that their liberal agendas are being driven by the radical left wing elements of the Democratic Party.”
“President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should be arrested and indicted on war-crimes charges, and the residents of Portsmouth should have their voices heard, according to a local activist.
Every Friday for the last 2½ years, resident Andy Kaplan has gathered with other war protesters in Market Square calling for an end to the war and for those responsible to be held accountable. Kaplan’s sign is a picture of the president's head super-imposed on a naked body, covered only by a pink cowboy hat stating ‘The emperor has no clothes.
‘There are thousands of American families suffering that will suffer ever more, tens of thousands of soldiers suffering with disabilities and there are hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have died because of President Bush,’ said Kaplan. ‘Their blood is on his hands.’
At Monday’s City Council meeting, Kaplan told the council he would return at the next meeting with language for a referendum vote he would like to see on the November ballot. It will ask voters to decide whether Bush and Cheney should be arrested and indicted.
“What I'm hoping is the City Council will see that as an opportunity for this community to register its voice on the issue,” said Kaplan. “Both pro and con.”
The inspiration for the ballot initiative came from an activist group in Brattleboro, Vt., a town of 12,000, which successfully convinced its selectboard to place it on the January ballot. The measure was approved by voters….”
“Portsmouth man: Indict Bush, Cheney, Activist aims to mobilize Port City residents,” by Adam Leech, Foster’s Daily Democrat, 8/20/08