N.H. democrat loses committee seats over tweet about rioters

  • Rosemary Rung —Courtesy

By Associated Press
Published: 1/19/2021 10:40:45 AM

A New Hampshire Democratic lawmaker has been removed from her committee assignments because of a tweet about the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Rep. Rosemarie Rung, of Merrimack, tweeted a video of rioters breaking through barriers and confronting police.

“Wow. These terrorists need to be locked up,” she wrote. “I want to know who is from NH besides the police chief from Troy, NH.”

Chief David Ellis has faced criticism for attending the rally in Washington before the riot, but has not been accused of participating in violence. House Speaker Sherman Packard, R-Londonderry, said he stripped Rung of her committee assignments because she crossed a line and contributed to the backlash that led Troy officials to close their town hall.

“For her to call him a terrorist and have the town of Troy locked down for, I think it was, a couple weeks is just wrong,” Packard said.

Rung said she didn’t call Ellis a terrorist and believes the speaker should be more outraged by the attack on the Capitol than he is about her tweets. She also accused Packard of being misogynistic in telling her she should apologize for her tone.

Republican state representatives who recently shared racist and anti-Semitic content on social media have been criticized by Democrats, but haven’t faced any consequences from House leadership.

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