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Dems Slam GOP Senator for 'Offensive' Tweet

State Sen. Andy Sanborn said a Twitter remark referring to Gov. Maggie Hassan as "Haggie" was just a typo.

State Sen. Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford) said a Twitter remark he made about Gov. Maggie Hassan this week was "a typo, plain and simple," and accused Democrats of blowing the situation out of proportion.

The New Hampshire Democratic Party issued a press release Thursday afternoon criticizing Sanborn for referring to Hassan as "Haggie" in a tweet earlier this week. The tweet has since been deleted.

"This sounds to me like they're trying to make a whole lot out of nothing," Sanborn said on Thursday. "It was a typo, plain and simple. Virtually the instant I saw it, I recognized the mistake and apologized not once but twice.

"I don't know what more they want from me at this point," Sanborn added. "For a party that preaches tolerance, they're certainly showing very little of it."

But Harrell Kirstein, the NHDP's communications director, said Sanborn's apologies don't ring true. He said Sanborn only apologized after he was called out for his "offensive and sexist comment.

"Sanborn's pathetic excuses and phony apology for his offensive comment would be more believable if his story didn't keep changing..." Kirstein said. "New Hampshire Republicans continue to embarrass themselves with the same offensive Tea Party rhetoric that voters rejected last fall."

The New Hampshire Republican Party also issued a statement Thursday defending Sanborn and criticizing the NHDP.

"Maggie Hassan's minions are feigning outrage over a typo because they are trying to distract from the embarrassing defeat of her irresponsible budget proposal in the Democrat-controlled New Hampshire House," NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn said in the statement. "She is desperate to draw attention away from her failed fiscal leadership and lack of any new ideas to balance the state's books."

Robert Merlin May 30, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Haggie Hassan. A typo????
Apljak May 30, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Haggie/Maggie not Hassan
jose morales May 30, 2013 at 10:41 PM
That is difficult to do in a QWERTY keyboard. Unless, it was intentional.
Holden Litgo May 30, 2013 at 11:00 PM
We actually preach tolerance for all but the aggressively ignorant. Therefore, you lose.
Dan Tuohy May 30, 2013 at 11:01 PM
I've deleted a comment from Carrri for language (the comment was, to the effect, "baloney."
Zigman61 May 30, 2013 at 11:48 PM
My phone auto-corrected "haggie" to "baggie". The letters M and H are far enough apart it should not have been a "typo". One should always read before hitting send.
Holli Hollister May 31, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Sanborn knew exactly what he was doing. If it was truly a typo why apologize [twice]? He could at least be man enough to admit but instead he uses it as an excuse to continue attacking Hassan.
Ted Sizer May 31, 2013 at 03:53 PM
BRiLLIANT on the part of Democrats. Focus on a TYPO instead of Maggie's failures as Governor. Her budget was a CROCK. She couldn't get the Dems to support her quest to raise revenue through gambling and now we know that UNH flushes $100k down the toilet on a LOGO and she campaigned to send UNH more money. No wonder they jumped on this!!! They have nothing good that's come out of this GOvernor. Even the moms in NH oppose Maggie. If you are on facebook: look for: Moms Against Maggie Hassan. Even the MOMS turned on her.
Reality Geezer May 31, 2013 at 07:00 PM
The hidden part of GOP ideology is coming out more and more....
Seamus Carty June 02, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Really? The H and M are fairly close together.....

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