Buckley on O’Brien: He’s a “baboon”

UPDATE: Chairman Buckley emailed the following on Sunday: “I called O’Brien a buffoon not baboon. Baboon doesn’t even make sense silly! Plus I would never insult baboons like that!”

It is unclear whether Buckley has asked the Union Leader to run a correction (as of Sunday night, their orginal story is still posted as run), or whether there is video or audiotape to prove or disprove Buckley’s assertion that he was misquoted.

The original story follows:

NH Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley called House Speaker Bill O’Brien a “baboon” at the Democrats’ annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club dinner Friday night.

Saying that winning back control of the state house was his party’s top priority (um, more important than electing a Democrat governor, Ray?)Buckley spoke of Speaker O’Brien and said, “There is nothing more important in the state of New Hampshire than to get rid of that baboon,” according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Present at the dinner were dinner namesake and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, gubernatorial candidates Maggie Hassan and Jackie Cilley, and congressional hopeful Anne McLane Kuster.

If any of those prominent Democrats rebuked Chairman Buckley for his comment, looked embarrassed, or merely pretended to have not heard it, the paper did not say.

Imagine for a moment the faux outrage Buckley would express had a Republican candidate referred to, say, President Obama, as a baboon.

Something also to keep in mind the next time Chairman Buckley decries the lack of civility in politics.

fergus@ferguscullen.com, March 17, 2012

Author: Fergus Cullen

Fergus Cullen is a former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party (2007-2008) and an editorial page columnist for the New Hampshire Union Leader.

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  • J B Duarte

    My experience tells me that you do not know our Speaker O’Brien
    if someone like you did. You would be asking permission to please Mr O’Brien
    may I shine your shoes or carry your bags?
    Speaker O’Brien  probably would let you That’s the sign of a Sincere and true leader
    If it was me I would tell you Take a hike and learn some respect for a position of leadership you do not understand or ever achieve

    Thanks for listening

    • C. dog e. doG

      Does anyone want to take a stab at diagraming the above sentences?  I lost the bread crumb trail several times, but now I am found.
      – C. dog veers into oncoming traffic

  • C. dog e. doG

    O.K, haven’t we all had enough of these NH posers?  I mean, really.  They are so clearly spillover from MA-MA Land and the solution is so simple: load them on the short bus and send them on their way to the Kennedy School for Special Ed classes.  And, it’s just in time for Saint Paddy’s day!
    – C. dog is seein’ greener pastures straight ahead