Concord - Today, former NHDP Chair and DNC Committeewoman Kathy Sullivan held a press conference call to discuss recent comments made by Republican Chairman John H. Sununu during an unscheduled call to NHPR's 'The Exchange.'
Chairman Sununu called into the program to say that the media acted irresponsibly in reporting that African American members of Congress - including John Lewis, a hero of the civil rights movement - were the subjects of racial slurs and for reporting that Rep. Emanuel Cleaver was spit upon.
On today's press conference call, Kathy Sullivan asked New Hampshire Republican candidates for high office if they agreed with Sununu or if they would denounce this hateful behavior.
"Sununu's reaction is inexplicable," said Sullivan. "Instead of condemning this type of outrageous behavior and making a strong statement that it does not represent the Republican Party, he decided instead to attack the media - and tried to deny that some of these events even took place."
"The real question is, where do the Republican candidates for office stand on this issue? Do Republican candidates like Johnny Stephen, Kelly Ayotte, Bill Binnie, Charlie Bass, Rich Ashooh, and others agree with the head of their party that acts of racism should not be reported?" Sullivan asked.
"This behavior is extremely damaging to political discourse in this country. We all need to stand up together -- Democrats and Republicans alike - and make it clear that racial slurs, threats of violence, and hateful rhetoric will not be tolerated," Sullivan continued. "It's a cliché to say that there is more that unites us than divides us, but if all political parties don't strongly push back on this, then these kinds of episodes will continue to happen - poisoning the debate and dividing our country unnecessarily."