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N.H. representative who made controversial Boston Marathon remarks resigns

A state representative who sparked national controversy by suggesting the U.S. government was behind the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon has resigned.

Stella Tremblay, an Auburn Republican, submitted a letter of resignation that was received yesterday, House spokesman Mario Piscatella said.

In the rambling three-page letter, which is dated Sunday and addressed to House Speaker Terie Norelli, Tremblay notes that her resignation “certainly . . . comes as a sigh of relief from leadership of both parties. However, this action is due to ‘Divine Providence’ that has presented my family with an opportunity to leave the district in which I now reside.”

Both Democrats and Republicans welcomed Tremblay’s departure from the House.

“The New Hampshire Republican State Committee made it very clear that Rep. Tremblay was unfit for public office and not welcome in our party. We are glad to see her go,” Chairwoman Jennifer Horn said.

New Hampshire Democratic Party spokesman
Harrell Kirstein said Tremblay “was an embarrassment to her constituents and to the entire state of New Hampshire” and that “her resignation was long past due.”

Tremblay was elected to a second term in the House last November. She attracted national condemnation and ridicule this year when she repeatedly and publicly speculated that the U.S. government may have staged the Boston Marathon attack and questioned the authenticity of victims’ injuries.

Three were killed and hundreds were injured when a pair of bombs exploded near the marathon’s finish line in Boston the afternoon of April 15.

On May 8, the House voted, 312-0, to indirectly rebuke Tremblay for her remarks by disavowing “any unfounded speculation or accusation that dishonors those affected by the tragic events in Boston.”

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or
bleubsdorf@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @BenLeubsdorf.)

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