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Breaking: Failed State Senate Candidate ‘Likes’ NH Man’s Plan to Bring a Gun to the State House Today and “Remove These People”

For Immediate Release
Thursday, December 20, 2012

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Zandra Rice Hawkins, (603) 225-2471

Breaking: Failed State Senate Candidate ‘Likes’ NH Man’s Plan to Bring a Gun to the State House Today and “Remove These People”

Failed State Senate Candidate Josh Youssef and current Rep. George Lambert, Al Baldasaro encouraging angry mob to attend House Rules Committee Today, 2:00 pm

Concord, NH – Failed State Senate candidate Josh Youssef and current State Representatives George Lambert and Al Baldasaro are among those encouraging an angry mob to attend the House Rules Committee today, Thursday, December 20 at 2:00 pm in opposition to potential policy changes.

On the Facebook event page, Youssef ‘liked’ the status of a man planning to attend who posted: “I say march in peacefully with open carry and remove these people.”

The comment was made by Gary Vago of Nashua in response to an event page created by Lambert. Representatives Pam Tucker, J.R. Hoell and Al Baldasaro are also listed as supporters of the event.

“This isn’t about gun rights, it’s about political intimidation,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, director of Granite State Progress. “This individual stated that he wants to flash a gun around and forcibly remove elected state officials. That type of language is unacceptable, particularly in light of the events of the past week. Representatives Lambert and Baldasaro have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their constituents and colleagues and allowing this kind of rhetoric to go unchallenged could lead to severe and horrible consequences in New Hampshire.”

The committee is scheduled to meet this afternoon in LOB 301 and will take up guns on the State House floor and the controversial Redress of Grievances Committee as part of its regular agenda. Allowing guns on the State House floor was the very first legislative action taken under former NH Speaker Bill O’Brien in 2011; he also started the Redress of Grievances Committee which upset several community members and victim advocates for discussing confidential family court documents in a public setting.

The Facebook event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/394987917249446/

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