I knew things had gone nuts in NH, but apparently the Speaker and the NH House Majority Leader have completely lost their shit. Yesterday, the Speaker:
Demonstrators interrupted budget discussion in the New Hampshire House, leading to a clearing of the public gallery, officials said.
House Speaker William O’Brien put the House in recess and ordered the gallery cleared as protesters shouted, “Don’t harass the middle class,” the Concord (N.H.) Monitor reported.
Asked what he thought as state troopers escorted people from the gallery, O’Brien said, “I think thugs will not rule New Hampshire, that’s what I think.”
Hundreds of people gathered outside the State House Thursday to protest a proposed state budget that would constrain collective bargaining and cut funding for nearly all state services, the newspaper said.
So there is the speaker calling teachers, firefighters, and police “thugs.” Today, House Majority Leader and complete meathead DJ Bettencourt decided to one-up his colleague:
House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt this morning wrote on his Facebook page that Catholic Bishop John McCormack is a “pedophile pimp” with “absolutely no moral credibility to lecture anyone.”
McCormack spoke yesterday at a State House rally where thousands of demonstrators criticized the state budget proposed by the House of Representatives. McCormack criticized the budget for failing to protect people in need and called caring for the poor “the fundamental requirement of our religious heritage.”
This morning, Bettencourt posted on his personal Facebook page: “Bishop John McCormick (sic) of the Catholic Diocese of NH told the crowd, ‘It’s a moral concern (because) the vulnerable take priority in our society.’ Would the Bishop like to discuss his history of protecting the “vulnerable”? This man is a pedophile pimp who should have been led away from the State House in handcuffs with a rain coat over his head in disgrace. He has absolutely no moral credibility to lecture anyone.”
So who exactly is voting for these wingnuts other than PJ O’Rourke? Is this really what the future looks like under teabagger rule?