Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, 58, is the Democratic incumbent for the New Hampshire 2nd congressional district running for re-election against Republican opponent Marilinda Garcia, 31.
New Hampshire State Rep. Steve Vaillancourt wrote a long blog post predicting the outcome of the race in the state's 2nd Congressional District on one factor: incumbent Democratic Rep. Ann McLane Kuster's looks.
"Let's be honest. Does anyone not believe that Congressman Annie Kuster is as UGLY AS SIN? AND I HOPE I HAVEN'T OFFENDED SIN," Vaillancourt wrote on NH Insider, a New Hampshire politics blog.
By contrast, he wrote, Kuster's Republican challenger, State Rep. Marilinda Garcia, is "one of the most attractive women on the political scene anywhere, not so attractive as to be intimidating [sic], but truly attractive."
At first glance, most progressives would not take Rep. Steve Vaillancourt seriously. However, if we do not take his behavior seriously, we do so at our peril. We can't let let this type of behavior go on unanswered. This gives new meaning to the charge that Republicans are quite prepared to win ugly -- and win at all costs by going negative.
So where is the backlash? Why, Mr and Mrs Progressive America, do we tolerate this type of hatred from the GOP from a guy whose conceit knows no end? In proclaiming himself as a type of defacto self-appointed beauty pageant judge turning a congressional race into his own private circus and theater of the absurd, whereupon he hoists his ageism and sexist pronouncements on us in a clear case where, if these were two male candidates, it wouldn't even be possible to have such a vacuous conversation in a congressional campaign -- where real people have real problems that we can ill afford to have hi-jacked by the GOP election circus agenda.
In a disgraceful showing of ageism and sexism which initially was not repudiated by either State Rep. Marilinda Garcia or the GOP party, both of them initially were prepared to profit from their silence while they were waiting to see what effect this may have (if any) on the latest polling numbers. Having waited and first profited from it for three days, Rep. Garcia finally came out and repudiated Rep. Vaillancourt's remarks as sexist. In doing so, Rep. Garcia, in good GOP form, is a day late and a dollar.
"How ugly is Annie Kuster?" he begins. By the end of the story, he concludes, "By now you probably know why I think of Annie Kuster whenever I walk by Mados; sad to say, but the drag queens are more attractive than Annie Kuster....not that there's anything wrong with that."...... "Annie Kuster looks more like a drag queen than most men in drag," he concludes.
In America today we have real problems: 40 million people without access to medical care, 45 million people on food stamps, 130 million people who don't have any dental coverage. Millions more unemployed and homeless. Can we really afford to stand by and let GOP supporters turn congressional elections into a circus by their sad and poor behavior, and therein their own personal theater of the absurd?
Vaillancourt, as a six-term member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, has a rich, controversial history. Which includes the fact that as we can see here in this you tube video link which shows Vaillancourt had to apologize for uttering the the Nazi salute "Sieg Heil," on the floor of the New Hampshire House in a heated moment back on May 15, 2012 as reported by the Chicago Tribune.
(Here are some words of wisdom from Ann Coulter.)
The sad truth is, in every election, someone, somewhere is always playing to the lowest instinct of the male GOP base on objectifying women. As for Mr Vaillancourt, one can only wonder in all honesty what he is prepared to say if Hillary Clinton or other female progressive candidates run in November 2016 in federal and statewide elections.
It seems that we better all sit down and buckle our seatbelts, because the 2016 election cycle is likely to be the most expensive and dirtiest elections in American history. Thanks in no small part to people like Mr Vaillancourt playing to the lowest base instincts of the male GOP electorate.
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