NH Lawmaker Apologizes for Domestic Abuse Comments
Said some people like those relationships
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2013 7:05 PM CST
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(Newser) – A New Hampshire state lawmaker is taking his turn in the spotlight for uttering a comment seen as insensitive, uninformed, or a combination of the two. Referring to a bill that would reduce the penalty in certain assault cases, Republican Mark Warden said this yesterday, reports the Concord Monitor:

  • “Some people could make the argument that a lot of people like being in abusive relationships. It’s a love-hate relationship. It’s very, very common for people to stick around with somebody they love who also abuses him or her. ... Is the solution to those kind of dysfunctional relationships going to be more government, another law? I’d say no. People are always free to leave.”

A liberal advocacy group caught it on video, Talking Points Memo picked it up, and the story started making headlines beyond New Hampshire. Today, Warden apologized, notes a separate Monitor story. “It was never my intention to minimize the trauma of domestic abuse or in any way demean the victims," he said, adding that "how the state gets involved in people’s personal lives is a topic that requires thoughtful debate and should not be reduced to sound bites." As for the bill, Warden was one of only four on a 20-member panel to vote for it, meaning it stands little chance in the full state House.

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apocalypso
Feb 28, 2013 1:03 PM CST
Unlike this wimp of a politician, I won't be apologizing for ANY of my comments, no matter how "offensive" some obtuse idiots who understand nothing about the underlying psychology of human nature may find them. Put that in your pipe and suck it.
dreadsteve
Feb 28, 2013 10:17 AM CST
So I told her if she didn't get back to the kitchen and make me a sandwich...
MichaelBenesch
Feb 28, 2013 10:03 AM CST
How typical of a bought&paid for (R)USHubliCON CONservaSHAM man(in name only). WOW! Scalia first on the voter's right "entitlement" ISSUE and now the GOP Party Platform women's right stance blurted out on the state level. How does any human being much less an educated man OR WOMAN ever become regestered republicans?