Friday, February 20, 2015

#1293: Harry Accornero, Susan DeLeMus & the birthers in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.


The guy behind this, uh, fascinating site does not appear to be American, so we’ll leave him alone – we’re not running out of American loons anytime soon. Harry Accornero and Susan DeLemus are both former Republican members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 2010 until being defeated in 2012 for very, very good reasons.

Both Accornero (Laconia) and DeLemus (Rochester) are birthers, and apparently fans of “Birther Queen” Orly Taitz. So when Taitz appeared before the New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission in 2011 to call for the removal of President Obama from the state’s presidential ballot, she was vocally supported by Accornero, who referenced the “overwhelming” evidence against Obama being a natural born citizen (no he didn’t provide it). When Taitz’s complaint was unanimously dismissed, Accornero went ballistic and stormed out while calling out to the commission: “Why don’t you rip up the Constitution and throw it out?”  and “you all should be accused of treason, and we’ll get people to do that.” DeLemus, meanwhile, repeatedly berated Assistant Attorney General Matt Mavrogeorge for his decision. In the end Mavrogeorge and Assistant Secretary of State Karen Ladd had to lock themselves in an office “out of [apparently justified] fear for their safety due to the aggressive behavior of the crowd that included several legislators.” Footage here.

In fact, Taitz’s complaint was joined by a total of nine New Hampshire representatives; in addition to Accornero and DeLemus these were:

-       Laurence Rappaport (R, Colebrook), a staunch birther since the beginning, who is apparently still serving as a representative.
-       Carol Vita (R, Middleton), now retired.
-       Lucien Vita (R, Middleton), another hardcore birther and sponsor of this; now retired.
-       Laurie Pettengill (R-Glen), now out.
-       Al Baldasaro (R-Londonderry), a fanatic conspiracy theorist, still serving by 2014.
-       Moe Villeneuve (R-Bedford), now retired.
-       William Tobin (R-Sanbornton), apparently retired.

Accornero also received some attention after sending an email to every New Hampshire state representative stating that President Obama “has crossed the line, and under Article III section 3 of our Constitution is guilty of treason by giving aid and comfort to the enemy and attempting to overthrow our government from within.” That is, he was “formally asking you to bring a commission of treason against Mr. Barack Husain [sic] Obama.” Why? Because of the Obama administration’s perceived lax enforcement of immigration laws. Which probably doesn’t qualify as “treason” in any legal sense, even if the charge had ben correct. Though he claims to have the Constitution on his side, he doesn’t seem to have read it.

Both Accornero and DeLemus (and most of the other representatitves mentioned) have voted in favor of overriding the Governor’s veto of a bill that would allow parents to object to any school curriculum for any reason, and in favor of diverting taxpayer money to private and religious schools. But that should come as little surprise by now.

After leaving the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Accornero has continued his mission: “Who are the Obamas? I for one do not believe the Obama’s are a real family. Are the Obamas married? Is Michelle really a Michelle or a Michael? Are the girls really their daughters? Why is Obama’s records sealed? Why doesn’t anyone remember him from college? Why is there no original birth certificate? Where are his old girlfriends or boyfriends? People, this is a totally made up family.

Diagnosis: Ragingly insane conspiracy theorists and mad people, and there are apparently enough delusional nitwits in New Hampshire to entrust nine of them (often repeatedly) with political power instead of offering them the help they desperately need. 

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