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December 4, 2013

Editorial: No defense for boorish attack on Garcia

Democrats have shown themselves to be exquisitely attuned to perceived political attacks against women, going so far as to label Republican policy initiatives part of a “war on women.”

But when one of their own unleashes a boorish, sexist attack on a Republican woman whose only sin was to announce a run for a congressional seat held by a Democrat, their silence is deafening — and embarrassing.

New Hampshire state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, R-Salem, last week announced she would run for the 2nd District seat held by Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster, D-Hopkinton. Garcia has more than three terms in the New Hampshire Legislature, bachelor’s degrees from Tufts University and the New England Conservatory of Music and earned a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Garcia could give Kuster a strong challenge in a competitive district that has swapped political parties several times in recent congressional elections.

We welcome a competitive race for any political seat, giving voters on all points of the political spectrum a shot at having their views represented.

Garcia is strongly conservative both fiscally and socially. And apparently this offends state Rep. Peter Sullivan, D-Manchester, a progressive, who lashed out at Garcia on his Twitter feed. Rather than offer a reasoned critique of Garcia’s policy positions, Sullivan opted for a childish attack on his fellow legislator’s appearance.

“She’s Al Baldasarro (sic) in stiletto heels, a lightweight and O’Brien clone,” Sullivan tweeted. “Bill O’Brien + Kim Kardashian = Marilinda Garcia,” he posted.

Baldasaro is the Republican state representative from Londonderry. O’Brien is the former Republican House speaker.

It is outrageously insulting to compare a woman of accomplishment to an airheaded celebrity like Kardashian, a reality show “star” famous for her sex tape, a marriage that lasted for days and her unending supply of revealing outfits.

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