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.