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Silva: 'Me? Racist? I Don't Think So'

Ward 8 State Rep candidate Peter Silva stands firmly by his family tree in defending himself against a charge of racism.

Peter Silva answers the charge of "racism" from his opponents.
Peter Silva answers the charge of "racism" from his opponents.
Ten days before Election Day, and Pete Silva is up with the sun, preparing to hit the campaign trail in Ward 8 with his supporters.

There's a lot at stake in Ward 8. 

It's been a week since Silva found himself making local headlines, under fire from Democrats as a "racist" and "bigot" for a comment he made at a recent Republican Committee meeting, directed at his opponent, Latha Mangipudi, and her ability to get out the vote.

That comment came on Oct. 10 when Silva told his fellow Republicans Mangipudi, who is of Indian descent, would likely benefit on Election Day from a large turnout of Indian voters, saying “they’ll be coming out of the woodwork.” Silva said what he said after watching the flow of voters arriving to Bicentennial Elementary school during the September Primary. 

"I thought I was in New Delhi," is what Silva reportedly said. 

On Saturday, Silva confirmed the remark. He also admitted that he's had pressure from within his own party to retract his comment and soften the rough edges of the political backlash now coming from both Democrats and Republicans.

"I went rogue on them with this. I'm not playing that game. I believe in truth, and what I said had nothing to do with race. There were 50 to 60 people there who heard what I said. I was a Majority Leader – I know how to speak in a group of people, and I wasn't trying to be guarded, because what I said was harmless," Silva said.

"I'm standing by what I said, because people are turning it into something it isn't. If there had been a huge turnout of Italian voters, and someone said, 'It looks like Little Italy,' I wouldn't have a problem with that. Hold on," said Silva, who steps into the next room to retrieve a photograph and a small stack of papers.

"Here's why accusations of racism are more than ridiculous. I don't wear my family's history on my sleeve but my grandfather came here in 1903 from Cape Verde. My grandfather was black. He had 10 children and, of those 10 children, my father is the only one who married a white woman, which means all my cousins are black," Silva said. "So me? Racist? I don't think so."

According to the 1930 Census, Inocencio Silva settled in Carver, Mass., after arriving in 1903 from Cape Verde with his wife, Meclina Silva. 

"In fact, my grandmother's family disowned her for marrying a black man," Silva said.

Former Speaker of the House William O'Brien remains in Silva's corner, having posted a comment on his public Facebook page on Oct. 18 asking for support for Silva by showing "the Ray Buckleys and other of that ilk that we are here, we will remain here, and we stand behind our own. We can show the state party that what is truly alive and vibrant in this party are its conservative activists and not the vestigial Country Club dinosaurs," O'Brien wrote.


Whatever schism there is within the New Hampshire Republican party is made worse, Silva said, by the obsession with political correctness  across the board – not just in politics, but in general – something that detracts from getting at the issues that really matter to voters. 

"If you're wrong, you're wrong. If I say something racist or bigoted, I will be the first one to apologize. In this case, I say don't try to create things that aren't there. What I see is that the Democrats are trying to get away from the issues because they have no platform," Silva said.  

Silva believes what voters are looking for is honesty, and someone who isn't afraid to speak his mind.

"Earlier in the week we met with some of the party leaders at Denny's at Exit 6, to talk about how to go forward. We were going through the discussion over me making an apology. I said it wasn't on the table, and that I wasn't going to do it. And then this elderly couple who was sitting in the back gets up and comes over to me say, 'We just want to tell you you're a breath of fresh air, and do us a favor and move to Boscawen so we can vote for you.' I gave them a hug," Silva said.

"Anybody who knows me knows the kind of person I am. I'm not a racist. I'm not a bigot, or a homophobe. Unfortunately we live in a world where we have to worry about every single word we say," Silva said. "One reason I got into politics is this PC net we're under. It's killing us."

Apljak November 18, 2013 at 01:56 PM
The AG ruled that a non-resident can vote legally if their intentions are to change to a permanent resident...this is pretty cut and dry that it wasn't the case here or for the other OfA workers that were here temporarily and voted; even though they were registered to vote in other states. As soon as the election passed, they packed up and started planning their activism votes for another state...Virginia maybe??I am not judging them but I'd be lying if I said I had respect for their decision and to put it bluntly, am pretty disgusted by the whole process. It is hard to not become jaded by the political process when you see it abused and there is no punishment!
Sonia Prince November 18, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Liz P, google "affidavit", it's used in the court of law.
Sonia Prince November 18, 2013 at 02:01 PM
aplejak, how does one know their intentions when they don't know who will win the election, if other positions will open up, and your job ends four days after election day? I know you'd like to play "god" but nice try. She wasn't a "non-resident". She had moved here, not knowing what job she'd take next. Really, don't you have any other bigger fish to fry that are more pressing and important?
Tom Lopez November 18, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Ok again Apljak I would agree that the law is horribly written, but not that it was broken. I would also agree that actual criteria defining "intent to stay" should be included, but I can already see problems with that, for example, requiring a state issued ID as proof that you intend to stay starts triggering conditions designed for OTHER legal purposes. What about a utility bill, or lease? Then you'd have proof of commitment to a local region, but now you have to prove you are the person whose name is on the documentation.
Jane Aitken November 18, 2013 at 04:18 PM
@apljak There was a lot of fraud reported in the McAuliffe election, and that's exactly where these criminals went. One voted here but is a resident of the UK.. another was from Germany. http://www.cnht.org/news/2013/11/18/vote-thieves-of-an-ofa-feather-domicile-together/ ==== To answer Tom, had the person posing as my husband and the one who posed as myself been asked to show their license with a picture on it that had our names on it and faces, that could not have happened... but since Dems are so opposed to showing a picture and address of themselves, they will continue to defraud the voters. Their philosophy as you can see from contrarian Sonia is 'what's wrong is right and what's right is wrong'.
Apljak November 18, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Sonia, I am not trying to play "god". As I said to Tom, these comments in many cases are my opinion, nothing more. I am not an attorney and I don't play one on TV! It seems insincere, however, that you are actually trying to defend this as though the election had some sort of bearing on whether OfA people were suddenly going to uproot there lives and become permanent residents here! Why not just free yourself and just admit what everyone already knows--they are taking advantage of a grey area and there is little threat of being prosecuted. At least people might respect your honesty even if they disagree with the tactic.
Apljak November 18, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Tom, I agree with you. It is a difficult situation. I think it may make sense to return to a time when the right to vote was tied to some sort of property ownership. I think it would solve a lot, put power into those vested and contributing, and mitigate much of the voter fraud! But that's me, I am sure there are plenty that would have an issue with that one... ;-)
Apljak November 18, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Jane, I am not the least bit surprised that these people went to this very contested race...I am sure the swing of a hundred votes or so makes it such that even a few people fraudulently voting can tip an election...which can ultimately change a State's patterns which ends up potentially impacting the electoral college and the presidency. But of course, OfA is far ahead of most and probably leaves few tracks behind for people to see..
Jane Aitken November 18, 2013 at 04:52 PM
O'Keefe is NOT a 'felon'... Sonia loves to make things up as she goes along. As for better things to do, this is a person who reported someone for making a flyer on their printer. Clearly she abides by a double standard and a person like that just has no moral grounding. And I too do not care why people come here, but those who voted illegally and were caught, have no intention of living here. I think Sonia points her finger for things she says are just fine when done by her, for the shock value of the hypocrisy.. you know "Do as I say, not as I do"? I think a whole book was written about that.. Moral relativism... frankly. I have not posted the same thing twice Tom... and I don't feel foolish because I don't engage in double standards. If I see a conservative cheating at the polls (and I have) I turn them in too.
Jane Aitken November 18, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Sonia, look it up... Google "O'Keefe No Felony" and pick your source. Wiretapping is a felony, using someone's phone to ascertain that it did indeed WORK, is NOT. (and consequently proved that Mary Landrieu (D) is a blatant liar) Of course people like you have to make stuff up to cover up for the Senator who lied.
Tom Lopez November 18, 2013 at 05:01 PM
I'm not sure we need to revert to feudalism as an election style, maybe there's some middle ground, again where we just ask for utility bills.
Tom Lopez November 18, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Jane you posted multiple DIFFERENT comments to the one comment I made.... I never said you posted the same thing twice, although your earlier "Free state has nothing to do with anything" line was getting pretty rhythmic
Apljak November 18, 2013 at 05:05 PM
We can dream right?! :-) I am still in great favor of photo ID!
Tom Lopez November 18, 2013 at 06:52 PM
They are probably more affordable than getting a serf.
Apljak November 18, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Tom, Have a good night. It's been fun!
Sonia Prince November 18, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Actually Aplejak, many have made NH their home and work for Jeanne Shaheen and Annie Kuster. NH is one of the best places to live if you love politics. You are naïve.
Apljak November 18, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Maybe I am but I doubt it. I would bet that "many" is an overstatement...enjoy being an "grey area" outlaw!
Apljak November 18, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Look at these vote thieves... http://www.cnht.org/news/2013/11/18/vote-thieves-of-an-ofa-feather-domicile-together/ OfA must be so proud!
Sonia Prince November 19, 2013 at 07:39 AM
applejack? Good for you, you can google the employees of a political campaign. Are you that light headed that you can't comprehend that each person was offered a job in another state? End of story.
Apljak November 19, 2013 at 08:53 AM
I am very aware and fully comprehend what these frauds are all about!
Jane Aitken November 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Like cockroaches, whenever you see one, there are likely hundreds more. http://www.unionleader.com/article/20131122/NEWS03/131129711
Jane Aitken November 23, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Most people do NOT go to work for anyone who wins. There are only a few offices, yet we have scores of these transient workers from Germany, UK, other states, claiming they live here, just for the purpose of voting. It's a scam, and you Dems are all party of it. You have denied elderly and sick and widows the vote this way.
Tom Lopez November 25, 2013 at 09:08 AM
Oh please the democrats RELY on getting the elderly the sick and widows to vote, der, did you notice the focus on health insurance as a platform? Out of curiosity how do you know that your example from the Union Leader is actually an example of voter fraud by democrats, versus republicans, is it JUST because he's from Massachusetts that he has to be a Democrat and clearly part of an Agenda 21 conspiracy masterminded by the Umbrella Corporation?
Jane Aitken November 25, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Tom your response is all over the map.. but I will attempt to respond. First, we looked it up, the man is a Democrat, as are 99% of the fraudsters. Second, the sick and widowed are MORE likely to have their name used to vote because the perpetrators think they can get away with it for various reasons cited before regarding their absence or potential absence from the voting booths. In my case I had JUST been widowed a few months before. I am sure someone assumed I would have had to move. Third, I'm not sure what A21 has to do with this... but you can toss it against the wall and see if it sticks I guess, LOL Everything progressives claim to do on behalf of a certain group of people (minorities, elderly, children, the sick etc) usually ends up hurting them more. And that about sums it up.
Apljak November 25, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Tom, Are you really that surprised that he was a Democrat? I didn't think so...
Tom Lopez November 25, 2013 at 03:53 PM
I still don't BELIEVE he's a democrat, Apljak, Jane hasn't actually provided any evidence of that other than to claim it was looked up, and then followed with a claim that "99% of the fraudsters" are too. If you two could POSSIBLY be bothered to show your work, I would appreciate the opportunity to believe you, but when you just throw out opinion after opinion, you're not really giving me the option.
Jane Aitken November 25, 2013 at 05:45 PM
It was in the paper as well. A state rep looked it up too and posted it in the comments under the article. But it doesn't matter because if he were a Republican, we would want him prosecuted just the same, unlike your ilk that has a double standard. (i.e. the phony 'flyer' flap) At this point after doing all the research for the last 14 years, CNHT is not just 'throwing out opinions'.
Tom Lopez November 26, 2013 at 09:58 AM
ohhh it was in The Paper. We all must read The Paper. Cast your gaze to the top of this "Paper" Jane... what is it's title? Search further and attempt to deduce the date of it and look still closer to discover the title of this... article...
Jane Aitken November 27, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Tom, whether you believe he is or not doesn't matter. We would want him to be prosecuted anyway. http://www.girardatlarge.com/2013/11/nh-attorney-general-voter-fraud-happening/
Jane Aitken December 06, 2013 at 09:32 AM
Well folks here you go. After all is said and done, the real racists (which was the subject of this article) have shown themselves to be what they are.... by their repeated attacks on people with ethnic backgrounds, and women... from the woman haters at the NH Democrat party, led by woman-hater Ray Buckley. http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2013/12/04/democrat-who-attacked-conservative-marilinda-garcia-has-history-of-being-unhinged-n1757554

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