Cornerstone denounces Blue Hampshire for State Rep. slams
Today, conservative-leaning think tank Cornerstone Policy Research head Kevin Smith released a harshly-worded statement condemning liberal blog Blue Hampshire for a posting that used extremely derogatory language to attack several Republican state legislators. The author, regular Blue Hampshire poster ‘susanthe,’ castigated six Nashua-area State Reps. for co-sponsoring HB 484 (incorrectly referred to as HB 483 in the post), which would require mandatory drug testing for those enrolled in the food stamp program.
The Blue Hampshire posting singled out Reps. Summers, Silva, and Reed as fathers and coaches, particularly criticizing them for the provision in the bill that would include minor children in the mandatory drug testing. They are joined by fellow Hillsborough House District 26 Reps. LeBrun, Ohm, and Whitehead in sponsoring the legislation. The post goes on to state that the testing will cost the state money without any savings, as food stamps are a federal program, and accuses the co-sponsors of being elitists who are discriminating against low-income citizens.
Smith lambastes the blog for some of the particularly strong language used (see release below for details), stating that it “[G]oes beyond the pale of what any reasonable person should accept as appropriate.” He then calls on prominent Democratic leaders across the state to speak out against the rhetoric used in the posting, noting that NHDP Chairs Kathy Sullivan and Ray Buckley, along with former Congressman Paul Hodes and Congressional candidate Ann Kuster have all posted on the site.
See below for full text of the Cornerstone press release:
February 21, 2010
Contact: Kevin H. Smith
CORNERSTONE CALLS ON DEMOCRATIC LEADERS TO DENOUNCE ‘BLUE HAMPSHIRE’
Blog Refers to State Reps as “rotten bastards”, “pissants”, “evil”, and “arrogant”
Manchester, NH – Today, Blue Hampshire, the leading New Hampshire “progressive” blog for liberal and mostly Democratic activists posted an entry by one of its editors on the front page in which it refers to several Nashua area State Representatives as “rotten bastards”, “pissants”, “evil”, and “arrogant” because they are sponsors of HB484 which would require random drug testing of food stamp program participants.
Blue Hampshire has received both local and national prominence over the past few years, and has become a haven for liberal activists and candidates alike. Frequent posters include current and past NHDP chairmen, Ray Buckley and Kathy Sullivan. The blog has also been used by former Congressman Paul Hodes, former congressional candidate, Annie Kuster, as well as other elected state officials.
Commenting on the latest inflammatory post from Blue Hampshire was Cornerstone Action director, Kevin Smith:
“As someone who has been the frequent target of hateful rhetoric posted on this website, while this latest entry is hardly surprising, it goes beyond the pale of what any reasonable person should accept as appropriate. Still, the question remains, why are so many prominent liberal and Democratic activists continuing to validate this site’s content by being frequent users of it? Today, I call on the leaders in New Hampshire’s ‘progressive’ movement to denounce Blue Hampshire’s use of such inflammatory rhetoric and pledge to no longer use the site should such discourse continue to be permitted.”
In related news, in an effort to increase the level of civility and respectful discourse, this evening Cornerstone along with MoveOn.org are co-hosting the first (in NH) of several “living room conversations” that are taking place around the country. The invite-only discussion, organized by two former Londonderry High School classmates, Elisa Batista and Kevin Smith, will bring together about a dozen New Hampshire citizens from across the political spectrum, to discuss the issue of climate change. The event, hosted by Valerie and Scott Earnshaw of Bedford, is designed simply to facilitate a meaningful and respectful conversation on an issue that has attracted varying viewpoints.
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