I’m not sure what is more troubling: The severity of recent Granite State Republican gaffes or their frequency.
This week, Republican leaders have dishonored themselves and their party by pushing a law that would require presidential candidates to produce their “long form” birth certificates to appear on the first-in-the-nation primary ballot, called for the extermination or exile of “defective people,” referred to people with disabilities “uneducatable” and pushed through committee a law that would place TSA officials on the sexual predator registry.
So far Chairman Jack Kimball, who ran on a pledge to impose discipline on a party recently brought to power on the pledge of fiscal responsibility, has not indicated that he will denounce any or all of these embarrassments. I dearly hope he does before the people in his charge can do more harm to his party and our great state.
UPDATE: GOP spokeswoman Christine Baratta, who is not Jack Kimball, sends along the follow statement: “It is never funny to joke about mental illness, disabilities and eugenics. While we support everyone’s right to free speech, Rep. Harty’s remarks are inappropriate and appalling. We respect Mr. Harty’s service to our country, but his views do not represent those of the Republican Party in any way and we disavow his statements. We know the majority of the Republican legislators are focused on fiscal issues and cleaning up the budget mess in Concord.”