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N.H. House votes, 312-0, to disavow ‘unfounded speculation’ about Boston Marathon bombing

The New Hampshire House this afternoon voted unanimously to disavow “unfounded speculation” about the Boston Marathon bombings in a rebuke to state Rep. Stella Tremblay of Auburn.

The Republican, who didn’t attend today’s House session, has said in recent weeks that the U.S. government may have orchestrated the April 15 attack at the finish line of the Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured hundreds. She’s also said Jeff Bauman, a man who lost both legs in the attack, didn’t appear to her to be in pain.

Tremblay’s comments have been condemned by Republican leaders, including House Minority Leader Gene Chandler. The Bartlett Republican sponsored today’s resolution together with the House’s top two Democrats, Speaker Terie Norelli of Portsmouth and Majority Leader Steve Shurtleff of Penacook.

The resolution didn’t mention Tremblay by name, but does note that “recent remarks have taken the focus away from honoring the victims and celebrating the heroes of this tragedy.”

It adds, “The House does hereby disavow any unfounded speculation or accusation that dishonors those affected by the tragic events in Boston.”

It also specifically commends Bauman, whose family lives in Concord, as a hero for his role in helping identify one of the two suspected bombers, and wishes him a speedy recovery.

The House gave a spontaneous standing ovation after the resolution was read by House Clerk Karen Wadsworth, then passed it on a 312-0 vote.

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Here’s the full text of House Resolution 9:

Honoring the victims and heroes of the Boston Marathon Tragedy

WHEREAS, the New Hampshire House of Representatives shares the sorrow of the tragedy at this year’s Boston Marathon with its victims, their families and friends; and

WHEREAS, Jeff Bauman, who lost both his legs in the bombings, helped to identify the suspects, which led to their capture and prevented further acts of violence; and

WHEREAS, first responders and law enforcement personnel acted without regard for their own personal safety to care for and save as many victims as possible and ensured the safety of all by bringing the suspects to justice; and

WHEREAS, recent remarks have taken the focus away from honoring the victims and celebrating the heroes of this tragedy; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, by the New Hampshire House of Representatives, in Regular Session convened:

That the House does hereby disavow any unfounded speculation or accusation that dishonors those affected by the tragic events in Boston; and

That the New Hampshire House of Representatives does hereby commend Jeff Bauman as a hero for his actions and wishes him a quick recovery; and

That the New Hampshire House of Representatives does hereby honor all the victims and celebrate all the heroes of the senseless tragedy at this year’s Boston Marathon.

Offered by:

Representative Gene Chandler

Representative Stephen Shurtleff

Speaker Terie Norelli

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