Throwback Thursday: GOP extremists attempt comebacks in N.H. House races

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The 2012 Democratic wave swept many of the most ideological Republicans out of office in New Hampshire. A number of those lawmakers, who were defeated in 2012 or chose not to run for reelection, are on the ballot this year. Here are three of the most extreme who are attempting a comeback.

Jerry Bergevin (R-Manchester)

Jerry Bergevin made national headlines in 2012 when he claimed teaching the theory of evolution led to Nazi atrocities and the Columbine school shooting. The one-term Manchester Republican introduced legislation that would have required evolution to be taught as a theory “including the theorists’ political and ideological viewpoints and their position on the concept of atheism.”

"I want the full portrait of evolution and the people who came up with the ideas to be presented," he told the Concord Monitor. “It’s a worldview and it’s godless. Atheism has been tried in various societies, and they’ve been pretty criminal domestically and internationally. The Soviet Union, Cuba, the Nazis, China today: they don’t respect human rights. … Columbine, remember that? They were believers in evolution. That’s evidence right there,” he said.

Other bills sponsored by Bergevin included a resolution that would have urged Congress to amend the Internal Revenue Code to permit churches to engage in political campaigns; a bill that would have protected the right to discriminate against gay couples; and legislation that would have proclaimed March 31 of each year as a day to remember Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman who became a political football after she fell into a persistent vegetative state.

Bergevin is one of three Republicans vying for a seat in Hillsborough District 45, a two-member swing district (PVI: D+1) which includes Manchester Wards 10, 11 and 12.

David Bates (R-Windham)

David Bates is remembered most for “chasing homosexuals” (as Rep. Steve Vaillancourt described it). In 2011, Bates was the prime sponsor of legislation to repeal marriage equality in New Hampshire.

Bates argued same-sex marriage is not a civil rights issue because homosexuality is a lifestyle choice. Bates told the Union Leader that “civil rights have to do with intrinsic qualities that a person just can’t change” such as race or gender. Homosexuality doesn’t meet that criterion, he said. “There’s no other example of any basis that we afford a civil right based upon a behavior or a preferential choice.”

As chairman of the House Election Law committee, Bates also supported “birther” legislation that would have required candidates to present their long-form birth certificates when filing to run in New Hampshire’s presidential primary. He told Talking Points Memo he couldn’t say for certain if the president was born in the United States. “I don’t know where the guy was born, I don’t care,” he said.

Bates is one of six Republicans competing for a seat in Rockingham District 7, a four-member overwhelmingly Republican district (PVI: R+15) in Windham.

Susan DeLemus (R-Rochester)

Susan DeLemus made national headlines when she disrupted a meeting of the Ballot Law Commission, which had ruled against an attempt by Orly Taitz to keep Pres. Obama off the ballot in the 2012 New Hampshire presidential primary.

The Union Leader reported DeLemus and Rep. Henry Accornero (R-Laconia) were so aggressive that Assistant Attorney General Matt Mavrogeorge feared for his safety and retreated to a locked office where he called security.

"It just makes me want to throw up," DeLemus said of the commission’s decision. “Let’s just bury the Constitution now and have a funeral.”

Delemus recently accused the president of committing treason for authorizing a prisoner exchange to free Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. “Our entire federal government is completely lawless!!!” she wrote on Facebook. “None of them can be trusted and should be considered FEDERAL TERRORISTS!!! The fact that Impeachment and recalls are not on the table right now screams and reeks of corruption.”

Susan DeLemus is running against incumbent Democrat Anne Grassie in Rochester Ward 4, a Democratic-leaning district (Strafford District 11 PVI: D+3).

Birther defense: Gilford arrest ‘just another example of Common Core taking away parental right’



The birther crowd is a tight-knit group. After William Baer, who hosted a 2012 birther forum in New Jersey, was arrested for disrupting a Gilford school board meeting, he granted an interview to The Post and Email, an online publication that notes, "Because questions remain about the constitutional eligibility of Barack H. Obama to serve as President as defined by Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, The Post & Email does not refer to him as the ‘President.’ “

Baer told The Post & Email editor Sharon Rondeau that he went to the school board meeting specifically to demand an official read aloud from “Nineteen Minutes,” a ninth-grade English text he calls “pornographic.”

"I spoke to the principal Monday and I told him what I was going to do," Baer said. I wanted them to read it. They refused to, and my two minutes was spent arguing with them.”

Naturally, Rondeau followed up with a call to Harry Accornero, the former Republican lawmaker from Laconia who recently wrote a letter to the editor of the Laconia Daily Sun calling the Obamas “a totally made up family.”

Accornero told Rondeau that Baer’s arrest was “just another example of Common Core taking away parental right and telling students that the state knows better.”

"When will the American People wake up and end this take over of America?" Accornero asked.

Arrested development: Gilford dad’s birther antics

Before William Baer was arrested in Gilford for disrupting a school board meeting, he was disrupting a congressional town hall meeting in New Jersey over President Obama’s birth certificate. “I’m concerned that the rule of law and the Constitution is basically going to be irrelevant if this issue is not resolved,” he told Congressman Scott Garrett.

h/t: NHFlatlander

Old birthers never die; they just fade away


Former state House Rep. Harry Accornero (R-Laconia) had a letter to the editor published in the Laconia Daily Sun last week accusing the Obama family of being “totally made up:”

Who are the Obamas? I for one do not believe the Obama’s are a real family.

Are the Obamas married? Is Michelle really a Michelle or a Michael? Are the girls really their daughters? Why is Obama’s records sealed? Why doesn’t anyone remember him from college? Why is there no original birth certificate? Where are his old girlfriends or boyfriends? People, this is a totally made up family.

Accornero went on to accuse the media of being a co-conspirator in a plot to “bring this communist into power.” He wrote, “They made America believe that if we did not vote for a black American we were racist, and we swallowed it hook, line and sinker.”

Accornero’s letter will come as no surprise to those who followed his antics in the House.

In 2011, Accornero made headlines when he threatened the chair of the state’s Ballot Law Commission. Accornero accused Chairman Brad Cook of treason after the commission denied his attempt to keep President Obama off the ballot for the 2012 presidential primary. His partner in the scheme, Birther Queen Orly Taitz, described the action:

Everybody jumped to their feet. They were screaming and yelling and saying, “Traitors! You’re traitors! You have no decency! You have no honesty! You’re committing treason!” It was huge. Cameras were rolling, and they had to call security. (Rep.) Harry Accornero started yelling at to the chair of the committee and the corrupt attorney, and the attorney, Brad E. Cook, said, “Representative Accornero, you are out of order.” And Accornero said, “No, you are out of order; you are committing treason. You have to face the people of the state of New Hampshire, and you better not get out of the house without a mask!”

Before that, the two-term Representative had written members of Congress and the state legislature “formally” asking them to bring a “commission of treason” against the President for “giving aid and comfort to the enemy and attempting to overthrow our government from within.”

Accornero’s latest letter to the editor is a call to action. “We talk and talk and talk, but are afraid to take action,” he wrote. “Our Founding Fathers must be spinning in their graves knowing that they gave their lives to give us a republic and a Constitution, only to have it taken away without one shot being fired.”

h/t: Kathleen Ronayne

Rep. Ulery: ‘Reliable’ source found for Birther claims


On Facebook, state House Rep. Jordan Ulery (R-Hudson) tells his friends that he has found a “rather reliable" source for "interesting" information purportedly proving Pres. Obama was born in Kenya. "This may be worth actually examining in detail," he writes.

Ulery’s reliable source for this interesting new information is an article by a “Dr. Eowyn,” a blogger who has also suggested the Boston Marathon bombing and the Sandy Hook shootings could have been false flag operations by the U.S. government and who refers to the president as “Pres. Lucifer" and "that POS:"

In May 2012, someone conducted a search of the Archives using the search term “Obama” and found that an unnamed son of Obama Sr. was born in Kenya in 1961. Since the POS in the White House is the only known son of Obama Sr. born after 1960 and before 1963 when Kenya became officially independent from the UK, it is reasonable for us to conclude that the POS is that unnamed son of Obama Sr. born in Kenya in 1961. And in fact, the claimed birth date of the POS is August 4, 1961.

Phoenix New Times: Dumber Conspiracy Theory poll


The Phoenix New Times has been keeping an eye on New Hampshire state Rep. Stella Tremblay since she suggested Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “Cold Case Posse” would be an appropriate “unbiased” group to investigate the government’s involvement in the Boston Marathon bombing. The paper notes Arpaio’s investigators “pretty clearly fabricated ‘evidence’ ” in their effort to prove President Obama is using a fake birth certificate:

That got us thinking — what’s a dumber thought: That secret government agents decided to murder three people by planting a couple bombs at the Boston Marathon, then pinning it on a couple Chechens, or that a Kenyan citizen named Barack Obama decided he wanted to be President of the United States, so he enlisted some people to make a fake birth certificate for him to do so?

Tremblay, of course, has championed both. The one about the “original" 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution being swept under the rug didn’t make the list.

Quote of the day: Impeach him NOW!

Well, CBS News has confirmed that Barak Obama’s birth certificate is, in fact, a fraud. Listen for yourself and come to your own concusion. As for me, you know where I stand on this issue. Impeach him NOW!

Jack Kimball, former New Hampshire Republican Party chair, reacting to YouTube video of 2012 Arizona news coverage of sheriff Joe Arpaio’s birther investigation

The face of the NH GOP: Rep. Stella Tremblay

Yesterday, state House Rep. Stella Tremblay emailed Secretary of State Bill Gardner, and copied her fellow lawmakers, with an urgent message. The Auburn Republican had just discovered a YouTube video in which President Obama admitted that he is not an American. No word yet on the Secretary of State’s response.

From: Tremblay, Stella
Sent: Monday, October 08, 2012 5:19 PM
Cc: ~All Representatives
Subject: Obama admits he is Not American

I do know know if this video has been edited.  If this is not the case, there is a BIG PROBLEM.

Sununu blames apology on ‘paranoia’ over birther issue

Last month, former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu was forced to apologize after telling reporters, “I wish this President would learn how to be an American.”

"Frankly, I made a mistake," he confessed to CNN’s Wolfe Blitzer. "I shouldn’t have used those words, and I apologize for using those words.”

This week he apologized for the apology, telling New York Times reporter Ashley Parker that he doesn’t think he’s ever gone too far.

"Even when I had to apologize for the comment about President Obama needing to learn how to be an American, that was in the context of the American formula for job creation.

"If there wasn’t such paranoia, both in the Obama White House and the Romney campaign, about the birther issue, I wouldn’t have had to apologize.

"But I didn’t want to be misconstrued as being related to that, so I did apologize and moved on to the most important subject which was we’ve got to create jobs."

N.H. GOP Rep: Dump Secretary of State Bill Gardner

Following the near-riot that followed the failed birther challenge last year, Birther Queen Orly Taitz wrote a letter to House Speaker Bill O’Brien demanding Secretary of State Bill Gardner be removed from office “due to egregious elections fraud, aiding and abetting fraud, forgery and possibly treason.”

Are you nuts? asked former House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt.

Bill Gardner is a New Hampshire treasure who has worked tirelessly for Granite Staters and the [preservation] of our special political culture. The fact that he has drawn this ire establishes his good judgment. … Please, Dr. Taitz, go away and leave New Hampshire alone.”

Today, GOP Free Stater Rep. Seth Cohn picked up the baton from Taitz and called for the removal of Gardner and Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan. “Scanlan and Gardner are the problem,” wrote Cohn in an online comment. “Time to replace them.”

Cohn was responding to a Kevin Landrigan account of legislation that moves up the deadline for third parties to identify their candidates. The legislation, passed by the House and Senate on voice votes, was requested by the Secretary of State’s office due to federal election laws that require the state to send ballots to overseas residents and military voters earlier than before.

(Even) More Evidence of Tea Party Irrelevancy

If calling for Gov. Lynch to be arrested isn’t enough evidence of the New Hampshire Tea Party’s descent to irrelevancy, how about this message from the NH Tea Party Coalition?

The truth is, Obama is the product of a Bush cousin (his mother), with ties to the Illuminati families, and was picked out by the evil Henry Kissinger as far back as college … and was thus destined to be Kissinger’s Manchurian Candidate.

The reason Obama seems to have “no birth certificate, no college records, no roommates, no student loans, no girlfriends/boyfriends, and no past”, and was able to gain the presidency with virtually no prior major accomplishment or business experience is that he was likely a CIA asset as proven by the 26 or so SS numbers he used over the years.

O’Brien Outspoken in Defense of Birther Outburst

New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O’Brien defended House members who disrupted a state Ballot Law Commission hearing last year saying they were “convicted in the court of public opinion” on false charges. He accused Attorney General Michael Delaney of publicizing details of an “alleged crime" in an effort to "denigrate three state representatives and, by extension, the New Hampshire House of Representatives.”

An investigation by the head of State House security concluded the lawmakers did not violate any laws when they threatened BLC chairman Brad Cook and confronted Assistant Attorney General Matthew Mavrogeorge. Mavrogeorge had feared for his safety and called capitol security from a locked office following the confrontation.

The three lawmakers, Reps. Harry Accornero, Susan DeLemus and Al Baldasaro, attended the Ballot Law Commission hearing in support of a complaint filed by Birther Queen Orly Taitz who attempted to keep President Obama off the ballot for the New Hampshire presidential primary. The fracas erupted after the commission ruled against the Birther complaint.

Rep. Susan DeLemus, a freshman Republican from Rochester, acknowledged raising her voice when speaking with Mavrogeorge and issued an apology afterward. DeLemus, who is clerk of the House Election Law committee, told authorities she thought Mavrogeorge was longtime Secretary of State Bill Gardner.


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