Concord - Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire should cancel their offensive fundraising event with Howie Carr, who blamed rape victims for their attacks, and Steve King, who called children of immigrants “drug mules.” Carr mocked rape victims on his radio show, including one 18-year old, blaming them for their sexual assault. "What did she think was going to happen?" he said. [SoundCloud, 11/3/11].
“The so called guests at this event aren’t from New Hampshire and they don’t share New Hampshire values. They represent the very same chilling and vile rhetoric voters rejected last fall,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein. “CSNH should be ashamed of themselves for even considering this reckless fundraising scheme. They should cancel this event immediately and apologize to the people of New Hampshire for ever thinking someone who mocked rape victims for bringing the attacks on themselves or calling the children of immigrants drug mules had any place at a political fundraiser in New Hampshire.”
Earlier this year, King’s offensive comments were denounced by top Republicans, House Speaker John Boehner who called them “hateful,” while Majority Leader Eric Cantor, called them “inexcusable.” [RollCall, 7/15/2013]
“This ugly group and their offensive event is a reminder that while Republicans nationally have tried to etch-a-sketch away their more radical and out of touch positions, Republicans in New Hampshire continue to embody the extremist Tea Party and its nasty rhetoric,” continued Kirstein. “Last year, Republicans sought political cover by condemning Rep. Todd Akin’s rape comments, even though they agreed with his policy positions. This year, partisan Republicans attack groups are raising money with someone who mocked rape victims; it’s a sad commentary on the state of the GOP.”