The politics of ugly in NH: Vaillancourt snipes at Kuster’s appearance, pits her against ‘attractive’ Garcia

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NH State Rep Steve Vaillancourt, R-Manchester, as seen in HuffPo Politics.

To borrow a popular hashtag from social media, Manchester State Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, R-Manchester, is #sorrynotsorry for blogging about how congressional Democratic candidate Annie Kuster is less attractive than her GOP opponent, Marilinda Garcia.

And that’s putting it nicely.

The latest from Vaillancourt has already begun trending nationally, as you can see from this quick Google search:


Here’s an excerpt from Vaillancourt’s blog in question, as posted on NH Insider:

“Let’s be honest.  Does anyone not believe that Congressman Annie Kuster is as ugly as sin?  And I hope I haven’t offended sin.
If looks really matter and if this race is at all close, give a decided edge to Marilinda Garcia.
How ugly is Annie Kuster?  Again avert your eyes if you don’t want to hear it, but I actually thought of Annie Kuster last weekend when I was in Montreal.  Not far from the Second Cup Coffee Shop I at which  [sic] I was sipping and writing is a bar called Mados.  It’s on the section of St. Catherine Street which is blocked off for pedestrians only in the summer; it’s near the Jacques Cartier Bridge.  Thus, tens of thousands of Montrealers and visitors walk by Mados on their way to the fireworks displays on summer nights.
On almost any given night, standing for all to see in front of Mados is a rather attractive drag queen. People stop to pose for pictures with this Mado drag queen; other drag queens gather round because, you see, Mados is a drag queen bar…not that there’s anything wrong with that.  Long live Victor Victoria; long live La Cage Aux Folles.
By now you probably know why I think of Annie Kuster whenever I walk by Mados; sad to say, but the drag queens are more atrractive [sic] than Annie Kuster….not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

Granite Staters in general, and Manchester constituents specifically, are accustomed to Vaillancourt’s ability to say or do what’s on his mind without a filter. He is serving his sixth term as a state rep, and is a former Ward 8 alderman.

Two years ago he was ejected from the Statehouse after some Republican-on-Republican action. Vaillancourt shouted in German, “Sieg Heil,” with accompanying Nazi salute in the direction of fellow Republican and Speaker of the House, Bill O’Brien, after O’Brien restricted Vaillancourt’s comments during a debate.

We hate to say this out loud, but of course, it could simply be a matter of “Manchester is in the House” when it comes to perpetuating sexist stereotypes on women in politics and appearance issues.

While Republican Vaillancourt may be doing his best to undermine an incumbent Democrat by bullying her with snipes about her appearance, it goes both ways among your Manchester representatives.

Vaillancourt’s colleague from Manchester, Democrat Peter Sullivan, managed to resonate with the bottom feeders when, in Nov. of 2013, he used Twitter to compare Garcia to reality-TV personality Kim Kardashian.

When called out by Republicans for his comments, Sullivan released the following #sorrynotsorry apology via Twitter: “After careful consideratin [sic], I want to apologize to Kim Kardashian for comparing her to a right-wing extremist like Marilinda Garcia.”

Without editorializing, much, we’d just like to remind readers here in Manchester that, depending on how you feel about the antics of your elected representatives, Election Day is Nov. 4 and Rep. Steve Vaillancourt is on the ballot.

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