Dem chair under fire for calling voters white supremacists

  • Ray Buckley, left, speaks before the New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission with Andru Volinski, during a hearing, Tuesday Nov. 24, 2015, in Concord about Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., eligibility to be on the Democratic presidential primary ballot. The complaint against Sanders said he cannot run in the Democratic primary because he is a longtime Independent. The commission unanimously supported Sanders’ eligibility challenged local attorney Andy Martin. (AP file photo) Jim Cole

Associated Press
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

The chairman of New Hampshire’s Democratic Party has come under fire for comments that suggest some unregistered voters in the state are white supremacist.

Ray Buckley was responding over the weekend to news that a group with links to President Donald Trump’s campaign was planning on reaching out to thousands of the state’s unregistered voters. Asked about the subject by a reporter for WMUR, Buckley said the “organizing and activating of these extremists, these white supremacists, really could have a detrimental effect on the entire culture of New Hampshire.”

He followed up with a tweet saying the state Republican Party and others were “rushing to support effort to engage white supremacists into voting in NH.”

Republicans have called Buckley’s comments “despicable” and demanded that the state’s Democratic Congressional delegation condemn them.

A Democratic Party spokesman said Buckley’s comments were taken out of context.