Republican Martin Harty Suggests Sending Mentally Disabled 'To Siberia'

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    Mar 11, 2011 11:44 AM GMT
    Ah... More compassionate conservatism from the Tea Baggers.

    Associated PressCONCORD, N.H. — A 91-year-old freshman Republican state lawmaker suggested New Hampshire's mentally disabled should be shipped to Siberia and said he is unapologetic about the comment.

    State Rep. Martin Harty of Barrington said he was kidding around with an unidentified woman caller who supported funding for the homeless when he raised the issue of eugenics and the world's population growth.

    "I was kidding with her and it kind of got away from me," he said of the conversation. "It was a girl that wanted money for the crazy people, the people ... a good percentage of the homeless people are mentally disturbed."

    He said he didn't know what to do with them.

    "I said maybe they can rent a spot in Siberia off of Russia," he said. "She called me an Adolf Hitler and hung up on me. I never mentioned Hitler."

    The comment came to light during a hearing Thursday on the state budget. It's not clear when the woman spoke to Harty.

    Laurie McCray, a Portsmouth mother of a boy with medical needs who was testifying, told the House Finance Committee she was shocked when a friend told her a state representative from Barrington espoused shipping "defective people to Siberia to freeze." She did not name the friend or the lawmaker, who was later identified as Harty.

    Harty did not deny making the comment or apologize later in a meeting with reporters.

    Republican House Speaker William O'Brien said he hopes Harty considers his comments more carefully in the future. O'Brien said that at Harty's age, he has earned the right to say what he thinks, but "he needs to appreciate that as a representative, he will be held to a higher standard."
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    Mar 11, 2011 12:20 PM GMT
    Heh, 91 year old freshman...got to admire the guy to try something new at his age. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Mar 11, 2011 5:09 PM GMT
    Hmmmmmmmmmm


    Lack of Empathy.

    Typical Republican
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    Mar 11, 2011 8:01 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidI think he was just referring to liberals. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

    Sick... icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 12, 2011 3:11 AM GMT
    While it is true that a large proportion of homeless individuals are mentally disturbed (the reasons for this are beyond the scope of this thread), it is also true that a large proportion of folks heading towards the tenth decade of life are demented. Perhaps State Rep. Harty should have his own mental function assessed. Pending the outcome of his mental status, "maybe they can rent a spot in Siberia off of Russia".
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    Mar 12, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    Some demented patients are the nicest people that you can meet, while some others are like they had frontal release, even if they were formerly nice people.

    The above statement has nothing to do with the Honorable state representative.icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 12, 2011 8:06 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidSome demented patients are the nicest people that you can meet, while some others are like they had frontal release, even if they were formerly nice people.

    The above statement has nothing to do with the Honorable state representative.icon_lol.gif


    Yes, even sweet grandpa can say some things that make you want to go icon_eek.gif . Like the state representative said, "I was kidding with her and it kind of got away from me."




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    Mar 12, 2011 1:52 PM GMT
    But we can't send Sarah Palin to Siberia. How will news ratings go up when there isn't a Muslim revolution/war or Earthquake/Tsunami/Hurricane disaster?
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    Mar 12, 2011 8:49 PM GMT
    JAKEBENSON saidBut we can't send Sarah Palin to Siberia. How will news ratings go up when there isn't a Muslim revolution/war or Earthquake/Tsunami/Hurricane disaster?


    There's always the next Charlie Sheen relapse.
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