Letter: Erroneous attack
Senior GOP senators in Washington have decided to launch a vicious attack on Ambassador Susan Rice because she is under consideration for appointment as secretary of state. Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain have announced that they will do everything in their power to block the elevation of Rice (if she is chosen by the president), because she had the gall to report on TV what she had been told by the CIA about the fatal attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
It’s bad enough to see two Republican men launch an erroneous attack on an African-American woman who, as ambassador to the United Nations, had nothing to do with what happened in Libya. Attacks by Republican men based on gender and race have become too commonplace. What was particularly upsetting to see was New Hampshire’s junior senator, Kelly Ayotte, right up there in front of the cameras with Graham and McCain, offering her support.
Does Ayotte think New Hampshire just voted for more bullying attacks on decent, capable people like Rice? That wasn’t the message I heard on Nov. 6. Maybe she could disassociate herself from this kind of wretched hatchet work, and spend more time trying to fix the problems that actually confront us.
PETER HOE BURLING
(The writer is a Democratic National committeeman for New Hampshire.)