Have two New Hampshire newspapers ever called for separate House lawmakers to resign on the same day?
Today, an editorial in The Cabinet calls on state House Rep. Peter Hansen to resign. Hansen, you may remember, is the Amherst Republican whose “well-founded communication strategy” included referring to women as “vaginas” (or “vagina’s,” to be precise).
Hansen eventually apologized. To which the editors of The Cabinet replied, “Apology not accepted:”
The use of the word vagina in this context is, to us, an indication of a belief that referring to women derogatorily is generally fine. It’s not.
Nor is Hansen’s apology. We doubt it was heartfelt, given his initial defense of what he said, and came about, we believe, because he was pressured either by constituents – many of whom are women, by the way, something he seems to have forgotten – or from party leaders.
Also today, The Telegraph called on House Rep. Stella Tremblay to resign over her declaration that the U.S. government was responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing.
The Telegraph and The Cabinet are both now owned by Ogden Newspapers, which has a history of running identical right-wing editorials in its papers.