CONCORD — The racist, sexist and anti-Semitic rhetoric and social media postings by a few Republican lawmakers is getting more attention after a male state senator was caught last week on Zoom calling a woman senator a disparaging name during a remote committee meeting.
The comment by Sen. John Reagan, R-Deerfield, was made about Sen. Sharon Carson, R-Londonderry, who as chairman of the Executive Departments and Administration Committee, temporarily adjourned the meeting on Feb. 10 to take an urgent phone call about her daughter’s hospitalization.
The comment also raised questions of a double standard after Republican Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, called it “unfortunate and inappropriate” in a statement, according to The Associated Press.
Morse appeared to take no action against Reagan, who apologized to Carson at the end of the meeting. She thanked him for the apology.
In a comment to the Derry News Monday, Carson added it was "an unfortunate incident" and that going forward she is concentrating on representing the interests of the people of District 14 who sent her to Concord while focusing on the important legislative business of this session.
Several recent social media postings that included racist and anti-Semitic postings by Republican lawmakers also prompted no discipline.
The only lawmaker who has been disciplined is state Rep. Rosemarie Rung, D-Merrimack.
She was stripped of her assignment on the House Resources, Recreation and Development Committee last month by House Speaker Sherman Packard, R-Londonderry, for her Tweet that was critical of Troy Police Chief David Ellis for attending the Jan. 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol. Ellis has said he did not participate in the riot that day.
“The problem is that a number of Donald Trump supporters have been elected in New Hampshire and are trying to do to the state what Trump did in Washington,” Rung said Wednesday. She called it the “Trump hangover” in New Hampshire.
Rung said she is not going to apologize to Chief Ellis, Speaker Packard or his staff for exercising her First Amendment right to criticize Ellis. Packard demanded she apologize to him and his staff as well for the ruckus he said she caused speaking to the media. Packard personally had her removed during a committee meeting she later attended.
Rung said when Packard demanded she apologize for her “tone,” she knew that was something he would not require of a man.
Packard did not respond to a request for comment, nor did Morse.
Packard previously told InDepthNH.org that Rung and the Democrats were trying to make political hay out of her removal.