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]
"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
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On Tuesday, September 20, the 17-year-old policy that has required gay
service men and women to hide their sexual orientation, known as “Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell” will officially end. Craig Stowell, a former NH Marine who
spoke out in favor of marriage equality to the NH Legislature to support the
rights of his gay brother, will attend the event.
He will join special guest Kayla Calkin, the regional field director for
Obama for America who will represent the President at this momentous
The law was signed by President Bill Clinton on December 21, 1993 under the
full title, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue and was intended as a
compromise policy to allow gay and lesbian service-members to remain in the
military. The impetus for the policy was the death of Allen R. Schindler,
Jr, a Navy Radioman Petty Officer Third Class who was brutally murdered by a
fellow shipmate Japan on October 27, 1992 for being gay.
Repeal Day celebrations will be held around the country. The Monadnock Live
Free and Equal Coalition host the event at the Keene Public Library
Auditorium on by showing the film, Serving in Silence: The Margarethe
Cammermeyer Story (1995) starring Glenn Close. Cammermeyer was a Colonel in
the National Guard who was discharged for disclosing that she was a lesbian,
and went on to win a court case in 1994 that resulted in her reinstatement.
The celebration will begin at 6 with refreshments and the film will be shown
For more information, contact Susan MacNeil at 603-357-6855, visit Monadnock
Live Free and Equal Facebook page or email email@example.com.
Susan MacNeil, Executive Director
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