N.H. Rep. Kyle Tasker says “battered women” Facebook post misconstrued
Republican Rep. Kyle Tasker of Nottingham said yesterday that an image he posted on Facebook earlier this week about battered women does not reflect his personal views and was not meant to be offensive.
On a public Facebook page, Tasker posted a stick figure picture depicting a graphic sexual act with the caption “50,000 battered women and I still eat mine plain.” The post was first pointed out by New Hampshire blogger William Tucker and has received national press attention. The post has since been deleted.
Tasker said he was trying to defend another state representative. During a hearing on a bill to limit the crime of simple assault last year, Rep. Mark Warden, a Manchester Republican, said some people like being in abusive relationships. Warden and Tasker are both members of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, which has voted on several domestic violence bills this session. Tasker said his intent with the post was to show that Warden’s comments should not have offended people, because other people spread far more offensive ideas and comments, such as the one in the graphic.
“The idea was to show something pretty outrageous to put (Rep. Mark Warden’s) comments in perspective,” Tasker said yesterday about his post, which included his own comment of, “This one’s for you Mark Warden.”
Tasker didn’t say he was sorry for posting it.
Jennifer Horn, chairwoman of the state Republican Party, said Tasker should apologize.
“Representative Tasker’s post was grossly offensive and has no place in public discourse. He should apologize immediately,” she said in a statement.
(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @kronayne.)