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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Rep. Tremblay must resign over comment

Telegraph Editorial

Conspiracy theories often abound following tragedies like last week’s Boston Marathon bombing. But, we don’t usually expect them from our elected representatives and certainly not before the victims are buried.

Last week, New Hampshire Rep. Stella Tremblay, R-Auburn, shared her reckless views that the marathon attack was led by President Barack Obama and the federal government. ...

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Conspiracy theories often abound following tragedies like last week’s Boston Marathon bombing. But, we don’t usually expect them from our elected representatives and certainly not before the victims are buried.

Last week, New Hampshire Rep. Stella Tremblay, R-Auburn, shared her reckless views that the marathon attack was led by President Barack Obama and the federal government.

“The Boston marathon was a Black Ops ‘terrorist’ attack,” Tremblay, a second-term representative, wrote Friday on the Facebook page of conservative pundit Glenn Beck. “Drones and now ‘terrorist’ attacks by our own Government. Sad day, but a wake up to all of us.”

Tremblay’s comments rightly drew fire from both parties. Gov. Maggie Hassan said such claims do a “disservice” to the victims and their loved ones, and House Republican Leader Gene Chandler went even further, calling the comments “highly offensive, egregious and irrational.”

“I am ashamed that Rep. Tremblay saw fit to disseminate radical conspiracy theories online,” Chandler wrote in a statement. “She in no way represents the view of the caucus, the Republican Party or the Granite State.”

Seeing as how Tremblay was elected to do just that – represent her constituents and her state – we believe she has no choice but to resign.

Certainly, as Tremblay has noted, she has the Constitutional right to speak her mind, But, her comments are baseless, dangerous and unbecoming of a public figure.

To use Chandler’s words, there is no room for such “offensive, egregious and irrational” comments in the halls of the Statehouse
or anywhere else for that mater.