Concord – At an American’s for Prosperity event Thursday, disgraced former Republican House Speaker Bill O’Brien compared the Fugitive Slave Act to health reform. This morning an editorial in the Concord Monitor called O’Brien’s language “despicable” and “nothingshort of obscene.” Yet more than 72 hours later O’Brien has refused to apologize for his offensive comparison. "It [Obamacare] is a law as destructive to personal and individual liberty as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 that allowed slave owners to come to New Hampshire and seize African Americans and use the federal courts to take them back to federal… to slave states," he told a small crowd in front of the State House. [VIDEO]
With O’Brien refusing to apologize, New Hampshire DNC member Joanne Dowdell called on New Hampshire Republicans to refute his offensive and chilling language.
“It is simply abhorrent for Bill O’Brien to compare making health coverage more accessible and more affordable for all Americans to the Fugitive Slave Act, which forced countless individuals back into slavery. This is one instance where 'think before you speak' would have served Bill O'Brien well. He clearly has no appreciation for the generations of pain slavery cost millions of African American citizens and our entire country. This is the same kind of repulsive Tea Party rhetoric New Hampshire voters rejected last fall.
“While O’Brien may see no problem with his chilling and offensive comment, the people of New Hampshire have shown time and time again that they will not stand for this kind of disgusting language. Leaders in the New Hampshire Republican Party like Kelly Ayotte, Jeb Bradley, Peter Bragdon and Gene Chandler should refute and condemn his nasty and insulting comments before their entire party becomes tainted by them.”