Horn Demands Newspaper Retraction

NH GOP chair candidate says Portsmouth Herald editorial on gun control crossed the line.

Jennifer Horn is demanding a retraction from the Portsmouth Herald for what she calls an "incendiary, irresponsible and grossly offensive" editorial on gun control in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.

Horn, a Nashua Republican running to be the next chair of the Republican State Committee, takes issue with this part of the newspaper's editorial:

"Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., won't even bring up the subject. By being silent, Ayotte is failing to show she cares more about preventing 6-year-olds from being shot in the face than she does about being a rising star in the Republican Party."

An excerpt from a Horn press release:

"This language is incendiary, irresponsible and grossly offensive. Nothing less than a full and unequivocal retraction and an immediate apology to Sen. Ayotte is acceptable. This type of aggressive, personal assault only adds flames to the fire of an already complex and difficult issue and is particularly appalling coming from the editorial board of a previously well-respected newspaper.

"The entire nation mourns the loss of 27 innocent lives in Newtown, CT. Our hearts break and we know that all of our neighbors across New Hampshire are praying for these families. There is no greater fear for a parent than to imagine such a tragedy happening in our own schools. Sen. Ayotte is first and foremost a loving, dedicated mother to two wonderful children and I know that the families in Newtown are in her prayers as well."

The state Republican Party meets Jan. 26 for election of officers and other business. Andrew Hemingway is also running to succeed Wayne MacDonald

Ray Guarino December 23, 2012 at 03:58 PM
And of course Ms. Horn says "27" innocent lives, which includes Adam Lanza's mother. Why then did the church bells in Newtown toll for 26 souls? Apparently, the town people might believe that Ms. Lanza is at least guilty of gross negligence, because her inability to secure her personal arsenal was at the heart of this very public tragedy. Why should the public suffer over the ineptitude of certain individuals? Apparently, this fact escapes Ms. Horn. In Ms. Horn's eyes, she seem to know of no gun owner that can do wrong. How myopic you are Ms. Horn.
Ray Guarino December 23, 2012 at 04:04 PM
The important point here the Herald is making, in light of this horrific tragedy, Senators are supposed to lead. That is what leadership is about. Ayotte's silence shows us what kind of a leader she is. Don't expect much from the Senator, (unless someone tells her what to say, I guess?)
bob December 23, 2012 at 04:05 PM
iam glad someone in New Hampshire has finally "called out" Ayotte and her cronies, which of course, iam pretty sure would probably include the far reaching Koch Bros...
Jan Schmidt December 23, 2012 at 04:25 PM
This language is incendiary, irresponsible and grossly offensive. Really Jennifer? The media has a responsibility to out a leader on her inability to respond to the issue. That is their job, to tell us the truth, the facts... not be her cheerleader or ignore the parts you don't want us to see.
Give me a Break December 23, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Why has Ayotte remained silent? I wonder if the same statement had been directed towards a run of the mill male Senator, would Ms. Horn be as outraged. Unless Senator Ayotte is willing to discuss tough issues like gun control, and take criticism for her stands then maybe she's not in the right job,. I'm a woman, and a parent of two wonderful children as well, and silence is not an option when discussing what happened in Newtown,CT, and ways of preventing tragedies like this from happening again.
Reality Geezer December 23, 2012 at 10:36 PM
News article looks pretty accurate to me. I have not heard much compassion for the victims of Conn from any NRA people or gun owners..Their main interest is in not losing their toys..............
Super Fun Size December 23, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Well when obscure unemployed New Hampshire residents demand something, they should all get a write up in the paper.
Seamus Carty December 24, 2012 at 04:23 AM
So you don't find "six year olds being shot in the face" incendiary? You are a pathetic political hack.
Seamus Carty December 24, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Do us New Hampshire people a favor and focus on the North Reading MA patch...
Super Fun Size December 24, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Do America a favor and go back to Ireland.
Super Fun Size December 24, 2012 at 04:33 AM
I think she find that act more offensive than stating that it happened.
Salli December 24, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Ah, but what a good way to get your name on the front pages of NH papers. Guess, the freedom of the press, especially in an "editorial" has gone away! And, it has been a long time since the press (and media in general) were unbiased and factual in reporting -- Newtown was a great example of broadcasting before you had the facts. Wonder how many people who haven't read the article will go read it now?
Ray Guarino December 24, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Seamus, The easy thing to do is to be a Limbaugh wanabe and throw bricks from the sidelines. Jan hasn't even begun her term yet. Jan is not the issue, don't distract and make her the issue. You are better at ad hominem than you are at thinking the issue through. If you think it's easy being a state rep., man up and run yourself
R. Scott White December 24, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Merry Christmas to all, including those discussing this difficult gun control issue. And good grief Ms. Horn, don't be so offended. I've seen a lot worse and so have you.
Dan December 26, 2012 at 05:53 AM
It doesn't surprise me that Jennifer Horn takes this stance. Why is that? The woman who wishes to be annointed to become the NHGOP chairperson, is only prating the 2010 NHGOP platform. They talk a great game about how sorry they are for the victims but will do nothing to stop it from happening again. A good example of this was when the Greenland Police Chief was fatally shot in the line of duty, Speaker Bill O'Brien was on WMUR that evening, saying "The legislature is always in favor of bills to protect police officers in New Hampshire. In short, do as we say, but do nothing to prevent it from happening again. Simply put, it's a common NHGOP trait.
Jan Schmidt December 26, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I do not find telling the truth wrong, I do however believe telling the press that they shouldn't tell it like it is very wrong. This act was inhuman and we need to hear it and see it and get off our collective tushes and DO something to at least stop some of this kind of thing from happening in the future. And I have asked you repeatedly to stop making personal remarks. Do you support Jen in her request and fail to support me in mine? Is it OK sometimes? Or is it just OK when it is important to you? Give me a present Seamus, just a little respect... It's all I ask.
I'm anonymous2 December 26, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Seems to me that Horne's "outrage" is more about her trying to persuade her Republicans friends to elect her chair of the Repub State Committee. Great way to get free press, I guess, but self-serving use of a tragedy is a bizarre way of doing it.
dave mcl December 26, 2012 at 04:58 PM
lets give ms ayotte time to confer with her "advisers". and, so far, she may have had other prorities. the Koch organization probably monitors her comments very closely. if jen horn believes there were 27 victims, did she attend the funeral for one of the victims in KIngston last week? it's only three towns over from her home, and would have given her a wonderful opportunity to show her compassion.
Seamus Carty December 27, 2012 at 03:51 AM
"Limbaugh wannabe"? sorry, I don't get to listen to him much. Gotta work. Someone does so the other 47% can get their social services....
Seamus Carty December 27, 2012 at 03:56 AM
"a little respect".... Just like the respect Jan has for the victims of Newtown as she uses the event to bash conservatives....
Seamus Carty December 27, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Healey, I am participating in the Patch in the state I live in. You live in MA; keep your vitriol there... As for "go back to Ireland", that sounds anti-immigrant. Racist.
Seamus Carty December 27, 2012 at 10:57 PM
"Do America a favor and go back to Ireland." And to think some people consider Mike Healey a bully on the Patch boards...
steve forte January 02, 2013 at 03:31 PM
So how do you propose we keep it from happening again?


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