New Hampshire Republicans earned two of the three top spots in The Daily Beast’s This Week in Wingnuts wrap-up:
New Hampshire: ‘Children and Vaginas’
State Republican Representative Peter Hansen got the “shock value” he initially sought with his comments, when he was forced to apologize after calling women “vaginas.” Rep. Hansen, who once restrained an intruder who broke into his own home using a gun, was discussing the idea of retreating in an email when he uttered the phrase that got him in trouble. A day later a number of local groups called on him to apologize and resign but Hansen refused, saying his comments were blown out or proportion. But with pressure continuing to mount from both sides of the isle, a day later Hansen caved for his “blatantly offensive, insensitive, and frankly, stupid language.”
New Hampshire: Coming After You
Jack Kimball, the former Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party-turned leader of the state’s Tea Party, looks to have developed a new way of political fighting: mass impeachment. Kimball filed an “emergency verified complaint” for “breach of oath of office” against all of the 189 house members who voted to repeal New Hampshire’s stand-your-ground law, which passed and is now due in the Senate. Saying the vote violated fundamental principles of the state’s constitution, the New Hampshire GOP have since distanced themselves from Kimball’s actions, while Democrats have called the act a “shameful embarrassment.”
Both stories first appeared in the state’s progressive blogs. Susan Bruce broke the story of state Rep. Peter Hansen’s “children and vagina’s" email. The attempt to have 189 lawmakers removed from office and prosecuted for voting to repeal the state’s “stand your ground” law was first reported by yours truly.