Letter: Voters didn’t accept racism
Mike Pride states that in the 1980s, Jack Chandler “got a pass for (his) language because racism and homophobia were still acceptable parts of the great American political tradition” (Monitor Forum, May 1) and that the term in which Chandler made outrageous remarks about gays and presidential candidate Jesse Jackson “turned out to be his last.”
I would like to point out that Chandler’s comments and attitudes were the reason why he was firmly rejected by the voters in his district the next time they had a chance to vote. Perhaps Chandler’s outrageous statements were acceptable to, or part of the “political tradition” of John Sununu and GOP party chair Elsie Vartanian, as Pride implies, but not to voters in Chandler’s district.
Much as we in New Hampshire accept variety and choose to overlook odd or offensive remarks by well-known members of our community, Chandler went way over the top in his last term, and thanks to the Monitor’s thorough and candid coverage, everyone was made aware of it and took action to ensure he no longer “represented” us.