There he is, with a Santorum sign. I wonder what Santorum would make of this?
William Tucker at Miscellany Blue had this bit of ugliness:
Reports are circulating that state House Rep. Donald LeBrun (R-Nashua) publicly suggested people with disabilities should consider
Representative LeBrun sits on the House Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee.
Donald LeBrun was first elected to the NH House in 2008. He's been a supporter of some mean-spirited and odious bills in the past and present. Like this one - a bill requiring mandatory drug testing of NH food stamp recipients. This would have cost the state millions, while saving us exactly zero dollars. My blog comments got the GOP all worked up. Kevin Smith of the allegedly pro-family, pro-life Cornerstone Policy Research Center clutched his pearls:
Today, I call on the leaders in New Hampshire’s ‘progressive’ movement to denounce Blue Hampshire’s use of such inflammatory rhetoric and pledge to no longer use the site should such discourse continue to be permitted.”Yet Smith never addressed the bill itself - a bill that would have potentially taken food out of the mouths of children. Apparently starving children are nothing in comparison to "inflammatory rhetoric."
This year, LeBrun is the lead sponsor of HB 121, a bill requiring drug testing for applicants to TANF. (Temporary Aid to Needy Families.) Rep. LeBrun seems to have a fixation on forcing poor people to pee into cups.
In March of 2011, 90 year old GOP freshman legislator Martin Harty was forced to resign after telling a constituent that it was too bad that we couldn't send folks with disabilities to Siberia so they could freeze to death. The outcry against Harty's remarks was instantaneous and it was loud.
That's why I'm wondering why LeBrun's commentary is getting the silent treatment. Certainly no condemnations from the allegedly pro-life Cornerstone Policy Research Center on LeBrun's very ANTI-life comment. Nothing from any of the NH pro-life organizations. Nothing from the NH GOP.
Where's Kevin Smith to decry LeBrun's "inflammatory rhetoric?"
This is exactly the kind of hypocrisy I expect from the fauxlifers and the GOP.
BUT - the silence is also deafening from the Democrats. Nothing from the House leadership. Nothing from the Democrats who serve on LeBrun's committee. And nothing from the NHDP.
Do people with disabilities matter so little to our elected officials that they're willing to ignore this statement?
At the very least, LeBrun should be called upon to explain himself.