Concord – The silence from New Hampshire Republicans on Bill O’Brien’s latest shameful embarrassment has been deafening. Speaking at an Americans for Prosperity event in August, O’Brien compared health reform to the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 which allowed slave owners to reclaim runaway slaves. Rather than apologize, O’Brien has doubled down at every opportunity, even when called out for his desperate and offensive attacks by the President of the United States. [VIDEO]
“What will it take for Kelly Ayotte, Jim Rubens, Frank Guinta, Gary Lambert, Pete Silva and others to finally distance themselves from this national disgrace and condemn his comments?" asked New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein. “It is past time for New Hampshire Republicans to take responsibility for their party and to state plainly if they agree with O'Brien's vile comparison of health reform to the Fugitive Slave Act. This is the same repulsive Tea Party rhetoric New Hampshire voters rejected last fall.”
The Concord Monitor called O’Brien’s language “despicable” and “nothing short of obscene.” The Nashua Telegraph called is comments a "stain on the New Hampshire House," and adding that New Hampshire Republicans should state if O'Brien's views "represent those of the party."
Yet rather than condemn O’Brien’s comments, Republicans continue to rally around his Tea Party banner. Republicans running for higher office have actively sought his endorsement. [Nashua Telegraph, 9/5/2013] And the Republican State Committee even recruited his right hand man, former disgraced Majority Leader Pete Silva to run in a special election.
“The shame his words bring to the entire Republican Party in New Hampshire is a shocking indictment of the state of the NHGOP. It is very telling that in 2013, O'Brien's chilling comments have stood without any refutation or rebuttal from a single Republican,” continued Kirstein.