Letter: Boycott Rep. Burt’s annual Hot Dog Day

Published: 6/11/2019 12:01:28 AM

June 13 marks Goffstown Rep. John Burt’s eighth annual Hot Dog Day at the State House. Although this is a fundraiser for the Granite State Paw Rescuers, which is a worthy organization, I’m asking that elected officials skip this event. Rep. Burt has a history of making demeaning comments about women.

As a survivor of violence, I’m appalled by what he has posted on social media. After former state senator Jeff Woodburn was arrested on domestic violence charges last year, Burt wrote, “With the nut cases out there and the domestic violence folks looking for alleged victims no man is safe.”

Rep. Burt’s comments play a role in why so many victims stay silent. His refusal to support or understand rape victims is further emphasized by a Bill Cosby rape joke that was posted on Burt’s timeline in 2015 – the comment is still there today.

He has posted public comments about a congresswoman being “easy on the eyes” and refused to attend mandatory State House sexual harassment sessions. Also, he posted the following public comment on Facebook referencing a woman who chooses to walk alone: “I agree with NO is NO. But, you share in that crime just a little if you put yourself in that spot.”

How is this behavior acceptable for a representative?

I’m asking that all elected officials boycott Burt’s Hot Dog Day. Instead of attending, I urge you to donate directly to Granite State Paw Rescuers as well as to a women’s organization of your choice.

PAULA C. LESMERISES

Concord




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