At Least He’s Not Your State Senator

(“I agree with Hitler” might be #1 on the list of things you should never say if you’re a politician. – promoted by Colorado Pols)

I’ve been writing a few “At Least He’s Not…” diaries lately, but this one I think is destined for an award of some sort.

New Hampshire, like most states, is facing some painful decisions on budget cuts this year.  One thing being cut is medical aid for mental health.

A mental health worker, concerned about the cuts, made a call to her state Senator, one Martin Healy (R-Barrington).  His response to her request is unbelievable.

From the Concord Monitor:

Barrington Republican Martin Harty told Sharon Omand, a Strafford resident who manages a community mental health program, that “the world is too populated” and there are “too many defective people,” according to an e-mail account of the conversation by Omand. Asked what he meant, she said Harty clarified, “You know the mentally ill, the retarded, people with physical disabilities and drug addictions – the defective people society would be better off without.”


Omand says Harty then stated, “I wish we had a Siberia so we could ship them all off to freeze to death and die and clean up the population.”

Omand said Harty appeared to be serious. After Omand responded that his idea sounded like what Adolf Hitler did in World War II, Omand said Harty responded, “Hitler did something right, and I agree with (it).”

There’s really not much I can add to that.  Harty, who is 91, admits to the first quote but says he was joking about Siberia.

12 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. BlueCat says:

    Let’s hope grumpy senility explains it.

  2. droll says:

    Why would it be OK to suggest a problem, imply a solution, but then not take it all the way to someone who did it well?

    In his first remark he covered exactly why Hitler did what he did. In his mind totally fine, but he would never agree with Hitler outright. Roger that.

    This kind of thing is why having political boogey men bother me. HITLER, boo! Actual person. Actual experiments. Actual lessons to be learned. No one say anything though! Too many people throw it around to make it legitimate.

    {Rant off.}

  3. that starting off the conversation by mentioning Hitler kind of invalidates Godwin.  Otherwise this would be a sparse thread.

  4. reubenesp says:

    Unfortunately, many people share his ideas, epitomized by Hitler.  Hitler is a great political boogeyman, in my opinion, as he and his actions should scare the hell out of anyone who is afraid to speak up for the most vulnerable in society.  

  5. Dabee47 says:

    since NH’s legislature only pays $100 a year, crazy 91-year-olds are the only people willing to serve…

    His 3,000ish constituents must be sooo proud…

  6. After his comments in support of eugenics the other day, followed by rather a lot of unkind press coverage, the good Senator has decided to resign.

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