Former state representative now running for NHGOP Convention delegate resigned after espousing anti-police rhetoric, saying there’s nothing wrong with slaughtering cops.”
To Date, Lamontagne, Smith Have Been Silent on GOP Attacks Against Police, Women, Mentally Disabled
CONCORD - Republican Gubernatorial candidates Ovide Lamotnagne and Kevin Smith should immediately denounce former Representative Tom Alciere and his candidacy for delegate to the 2012 New Hampshire GOP Convention based on his detestable comments that “there’s nothing wrong with slaughtering cops.”
According to a tweet by James Pindell of WMUR Political Scoop, the former Representative from Hudson (formerly of Nashua) signed up to run for delegate to the New Hampshire Republican Convention on Friday.
“Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith should denounce this man and his ignorant, detestable words immediately,” said Raymond Buckley, Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. “The fact that the two major GOP candidates for Governor have yet to do so and that the State Republican Party would allow his candidacy at all is shameful. Ovide and Kevin should stand up against this anti-law enforcement and dangerous rhetoric at once and refuse to give him a platform.”
In 2001, then-State Representative Tom Alciere resigned from the New Hampshire House after it was discovered that he posted anti-police messages on the internet, including saying that “there is nothing wrong with slaughtering a cop. Just throw the carcass into the Dumpster with the rest of the garbage.”
At the time, Republicans and Democrats joined together to force Alciere to resign. But Republican leaders, including Lamontagne and Smith, have been silent on the virulent hate speech emanating of late from the Republican Party.
“Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith say they should lead our state. They should start by leading the Republican Party in saying no to vicious attacks on law enforcement, women and people with developmental disabilities,” Buckley said.
Alciere’s hatemongering speech did not end with his resignation in 2001. On his website – which has been recently updated – Alciere writes: “On 4 December 2002, a gentleman in Frayser, Tennessee fought back in legitimate self-defense during a drug raid. A deputy sheriff was fatally gunned down. The deputy was killed in the act of his own deliberate wrongdoing, trying to enforce unjust laws. His choice. The cops keep right on pulling stunts like that, so obviously they still haven’t learned their lesson yet, but have you learned yours?”
“There is absolutely no place in a civil society for such disgusting and abhorrent language. The voters of New Hampshire deserve to hear Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith say so themselves and to denounce this man’s candidacy for delegate,” said Buckley.
This is not the first time a member of the New Hampshire GOP has been quoted saying something outrageous. Last year, state representative Kyle Tasker posted on the House Republican Caucus’ Facebook page asking “am I justified in blowing a cop away because I’m quicker on the draw, and he already pointed his firearm at me,” in reference to New Hampshire’s deadly force bill. Earlier this year, Canterbury Rep. Kenneth Kries said a rape victim with an intellectual disability ”had her entire life to get used to being called defective” during a House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee hearing. Also earlier this year, State Representative Paul Mirski called liberal politicians ‘fascists or Marxists in an email.”