2013 in review: Former Rep. Stella Tremblay ‘brought the fringe to mainstream politics in a big way’

2013 was a year in which politicos “brought the fringe to mainstream politics in a big way,” writes Caitlin Dickson in The Daily Beast. In her look back at the year’s “most outrageous comments, craziest conspiracy theories, and just plain bad legislation,” Dickson spotlights comments by former state House Rep. Stella Tremblay, who claimed the U.S. government was responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing — a story first reported by Miscellany Blue:

7) What Was the Government’s Role in the Boston Marathon Bombing,Really?

Illinois official Jim Allen wasn’t the only state Republican to step down in June amid controversy. New Hampshire state Rep. Stella Tremblay was forced to resign after insisting that the U.S. government orchestrated the Boston Marathon bombing as an excuse to infringe on American civil liberties. Despite apologizing for causing a stir with her conspiracy theory, Tremblay continued to suggest that not enough questions were being asked about the government’s part in the incident. She even emailed her fellow state House members with links to videos and conspiracy-theory blogs, asking, “Have you seen ANY main stream media doing a follow-up on these stories? I have not. I just connect the dots.” Her colleagues were not convinced, however, and reprimanded her. Just before the New Hampshire House was about to pass a brand-new budget in June, Tremblay called it quits.