Lawmaker resigns after ‘eugenics’ remarks
A 91-year old freshmen state legislator resigned from the New Hampshire House on Monday after his remarks about “defective people” caused a public outcry.
Rep. Martin Harty (R-Barrington) came under fire for suggesting people with metal illness or disabilities should be sent to Siberia or killed outright. Harty included drug addicts the “retarded” in his list of “defective people society would be better off without.”
“Representative Harty came to my office today to offer his resignation in person,” said House Speaker Bill O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon). “We both agreed that this is what is best for the House to move forward and focus on critical issues, like balancing our budget without raising taxes and giving the voters an opportunity to pass a school funding amendment to ensure local control. We will move quickly to request a special election to fill this vacancy.”
“I am pleased Mr. Harty acknowledged his comments were not appropriate for a legislator and I am satisfied with his decision to resign,” said GOP state Chairman Jack Kimball. “He failed to represent the sentiments of his constituents and the core values and principles of the Republican Party.”
Harty’s remarks, which a witness paraphrased in a legislative hearing last week, and his resignation come at a time when decorum appears to be breaking down in the New Hampshire General Court. Earlier this month, a witness testifying in favor of an anti-TSA bill shouted “f—k you” to a Democratic State Representative who suggested he could choose not to fly rather than submit to enhanced pat downs.