Petition calls for censure, impeachment of N.H. representative over Free State Project comment

Last modified: 1/31/2013 9:55:42 AM
A group of New Hampshire activists wants Rep. Cynthia Chase censured and impeached by her fellow state representatives.

Chase, a Keene Democrat, wrote a comment Dec. 21 on the liberal Blue Hampshire blog that angered many supporters of the Free State Project, which is trying to persuade 20,000 liberty activists to move en masse to New Hampshire.

“In the opinion of this Democrat, Free Staters are the single biggest threat the state is facing today,” Chase wrote. “There is, legally, nothing we can do to prevent them from moving here to take over the state, which is their openly stated goal. . . . What we can do is to make the environment here so unwelcoming that some will choose not to come, and some may actually leave. One way is to pass measures that will restrict the ‘freedoms’ that they think they will find here. Another is to shine the bright light of publicity on who they are and why they are coming.”

A petition to the House was assembled and signed by 120 people, led by Darryl Perry, a Keene resident and Free State Project participant. It calls for Chase’s censure and impeachment over the comment, which the petition describes as showing “her intent to enact laws to interfere with protected rights” and “harm a specific group of people.”

The petition was received by the clerk’s office earlier this month, and a notice was printed in Friday’s House Calendar ahead of tomorrow’s full House session.

Chase declined to comment on the petition.

BEN LEUBSDORF




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