Concord, NH - In what may be a first, the New Hampshire Democratic Party is in total agreement with a statement issued by the New Hampshire Republican State Committee that criticized House Republicans for not being on focused on the issues and continuing attacks against the Catholic Diocese of Manchester.
"We agree with Republican Party Spokeswoman Christine Barratta when she said, 'Many of our State Representatives seem to have lost sight of the bigger picture and what Republicans were elected to do,'" said Harrell Kirstein, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
"In the last week House Republicans have launched shameful attack after shameful attack against anyone who dares to criticize their budget proposal. And if rank and file Republicans have 'lost sight of the bigger picture' it's because House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt started this whole sorry episode when he lashed out with a vicious personal attack against the Bishop of the Diocese of Manchester," said Kirstein. "Is this what Republicans were elected to do? Haven't the people of New Hampshire been embarrassed enough?"
Since Bettencourt's attack on the Bishop, several Republican state representatives have made similar vicious remarks including Reps. Andrew Manuse, and Tim Comerford.
Comerford stated in an e-mail to colleagues, "I am a Catholic, and I stand with DJ. McCormack has always been a corrupt scumbag in my book! The Church theology is purer than the socialist-globalist leaning potentates that run the hierarchy."
Manuse has threatened to use his position as a state representative to file legislation that would end the tax-exempt status of the Catholic Church in New Hampshire.
In an e-mail to the Catholic League Manuse wrote, "I am now considering a bill to remove the Church's tax exempt status in New Hampshire, for you have clearly shown that you no longer want it."
"What is going on with Republicans in the House? They are out of control and it is evident there is a lack of maturity and leadership," Kirstein said. "Will a leader in the Republican Party come forward and address this madness or will House Republicans continue to run wild?"