NHDP - Over 500 Call for NH House Speaker O'Brien to Remove Rep. Al Baldasaro

Over 500 Call for NH House Speaker O'Brien to Remove Rep. Al Baldasaro


Concord, NH - Over 500 people have joined New Hampshire veterans in calling for Republican House Speaker Bill O'Brien to remove Rep. Al Baldasaro as Chair of the House Veterans Affairs Committee in just 24 hours.  Last week, Rep. Al Baldasaro remarked that a member of the military "disgusted" him and thought it was "great" when the audience boo-ed the soldier because of his question about the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy at the Republican Presidential Debate. [10/3/2011]


The more than 500 individuals who have called for Rep. Baldasaro removal come on the heels of continued calls for Baldasaro's resignation from New Hampshire veterans [10/5/201110/6/2011].


"If Republican House Speaker Bill O'Brien and Majority Leader DJ Bettencourt won't remove Rep. Baldasaro from his Republican leadership post as Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee, then Senator Kelly Ayotte, Congressmen Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta, and candidate Ovide Lamontagne should make clear to voters if Rep. Baldasaro shameful comments are the official position of the New Hampshire Republican Party," said Harrell Kirstein, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. 


"Sadly, the silence from Republican leadership isn't surprising.  In addition to the loss of over 1,500 jobs, their reckless and irresponsible tenure over the past 10 months has been marked by nationally embarrassing gaffs, from calling the Catholic Bishop a "pedophile pimp" to a member of the Republican caucus advocating for eugenics, all without an apology from Speaker O'Brien to the people of New Hampshire," continued Kirstein.


The full text of the petition is below, and list of the more than 500 individuals who have signed it can be found here.


Remove NH Rep. Al Baldasaro as chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee

During a recent Republican presidential debate, the audience infamously boo-ed a gay soldier serving in Iraq, and not one candidate on stage rebuked the audience's inappropriate boo-ing.

Now, one New Hampshire State Representative Al Baldasaro said the boo-ing of a man serving his country in Iraq was "great." Baldasaro told Think Progress, "I was so disgusted over that gay marine coming out...He doesn't realize it, but when the sh** hits the fan, you want your brothers covering your back, not looking at your back."

Baldasaro's response is shameful and an insult to the constituency he is supposed to serve as chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee in the New Hampshire State House. 

State Representative Al Baldasaro's public and egregious disdain for an American serving in Iraq makes Baldasaro unquestionably unfit to represent the state's veterans.

Al Baldasaro is clearly incapable of serving as an advocate for all veterans and Speaker O'Brien must swiftly remove him from this position.