Rep. Vaillancourt on Stilettogate: ‘Much ado about nothing … unless you specialize in feigned outrage’
State House Rep. Steve Vaillancourt (R-Manchester) “not only admits but openly boasts” that he likes both Rep. Marilinda Garcia (R-Salem) and Rep. Peter Sullivan (D-Manchester) — subjects of the latest State House brouhaha.
“What I don’t like,” he writes in his blog, “is ginned up phony outrage, a more and more common staple in our political diet these days.”
Vaillancourt came to Sullivan’s defense after hearing talk-show host Howie Carr condemn the Manchester Democrat for describing Garcia as a combination of Bill O’Brien and Kim Kardashian and for referring to her as “Al Baldasaro in stiletto heels:”
Howie Carr somehow took [the Kardashian reference] to mean that Rep. Sullivan was calling [Garcia] immoral or a porn star. Howie, unlike I, knew that Kim got her start in porn and felt free to extrapolate that must have been Rep. Sullivan’s reason for the reference, an absurd conclusion in my humble opinion, but then I don’t have four hours of talk radio to fill each day.
Howie hasn’t a clue as to who Al Baldasaro is, so he took the reference to imply that Rep. Sullivan was saying Rep. Garcia is into cross dressing. How absurd!
Those of us who know Rep. Baldasaro would certainly not go there. In fact, Rep. Sullivan deserves credit here—it’s a pretty good line, and it has nothing to do with cross dressing.
Rep. Baldasaro and Rep. Garcia are leaders in the House Republican Alliance, the ultra conservative Republican wing of the New Hampshire legislature, the group that Bill O’Brien appealed to when he became speaker. I say this not a pejorative but simply by way of explaining that they are cut from the same political cloth with the exception that one is male; one is female. That’s why it was such a good line—Al Baldasaro in stilettos is in fact no insult (unless you detest Al Baldasaro as some Democrats do); it is rather a statement of fact, colorful to be sure, but we often need color to make points. [typographic errors corrected]