NH House: It’s Acceptable for State Reps to Assault Election Volunteers

By Kimberly Morin

Yesterday, the New Hampshire House of Representatives took a vote on whether or not to send the case of State Representative Katherine Rogers (D-Concord) to the Legislative Administration Committee in order to reprimand her for committing physical assault on a citizen during a ballot recount in 2016.

Recall the case of the State versus Katherine Rogers, in which Rogers pleaded guilty to assaulting a citizen, will have to attend anger management classes and be “on good behavior” for a year or pay a $1,000 fine. Rogers assaulted election volunteer, Susan Olsen, during the ballot recount between Republican Senator Harold French and former Democrat Senator Andrew Hosmer.

There was much backlash against this assault on a citizen by a sitting state representative. The New Hampshire GOP demanded her resignation, hundreds of Granite Staters demanded her resignation and the story made national news. The only people not demanding Rogers’ resignation were elected officials in the New Hampshire Democrat Party.

Apparently, assaulting a woman is perfectly acceptable if the criminal is an elected Democrat. These are the same people who demanded the resignation of a Republican representative for making anonymous postings on a website, long before he was ever an elected official.

There were 99 Republicans who voted to send Rogers’ case to be investigated by the legislature. Not one Democrat voted to do this nor did 75 Republicans who were in Representatives’ Hall at the time of the vote. Of course, there was no roll call vote.

Basically, these elected officials are letting voters know that they are above the people they are supposedly representing. They collectively said, with their vote, that they don’t care if a sitting state representative assaults an election volunteer.

An official Code of Ethics for state representatives actually exists but it appears that Democrats, even when they blatantly violate that code, don’t get reprimanded for it. Ethics don’t seem to apply if you’re a Democrat in New Hampshire.

Regardless of political party affiliation, no sitting state representative should still have his or her seat after admitting to physically assaulting a citizen, especially during a political process.

That the New Hampshire House of Representatives allowed Rogers to go without reprimand shows how little most representatives think about the people they are supposed to be representing.