Sazbo Says 'Regrettable' Comments Won't Push Him Out of the Race

Following controversial abortion remarks, Hillsborough County Sheriff candidate says he's still in it to win it.

Ever since Frank Szabo suggested the use of deadly force would be an , both New Hampshire Republicans and Democrats have been quite vocal in their opinion the GOP candidate for Hillsborough County Sheriff should make a swift exit from the race.

Szabo, however, says he's charging forward.

"The whole reason I got into the race is so people know the true powers of the sheriff, who is suppose to protect the rights and property of the people he's charged to protect," said Szabo. "This has never been about me. The need is still there for someone running who understood the true nature and authority of the sheriff."

Though Szabo , saying he didn't fully understand the context of the question being presented to him and got carried away due to his pro-life position, the outcry has continued.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith, Wednesday, called for Szabo to exit the race, and yesterday one of his Democratic counterparts followed suit.

“It’s outrageous to hear a candidate for a law enforcement office express utter disregard for the law," said former state senator Maggie Hasson. "All citizens of New Hampshire should condemn Frank Szabo’s violent threats and call on him to end his candidacy."

Szabo said he might feel the same way if another candidate were to express a similar sentiment.

"Obviously, the reaction that came out after Wednesday is completely understandable," said Szabo. "I do not fault anyone for what happened and I take complete responsibility for my misunderstanding about what was being asked.

"If someone were to say they're going to shoot a doctor for performing an abortion, there should be an outcry," he continued. "But I hope they would take my statement and formal apology and take it as I offered it."

Szabo said his history speaks for itself.

"Never in my 41 years have I uttered violent thoughts or intentions," he said. "I've always been a man of peace and have never condoned or promoted violence."

The thought of an officer charged with keeping peace walking into a clinic and shooting a doctor never occurred to him, he said. Rather, he explained this he assumed the question was being phrased in terms of encountering a doctor or staff member aggressively wielding a weapon. In that case, he said the defensive use of deadly force would be appropriate.

Though he stands firmly by his pro-life stance, Szabo said his greater concern is protecting the property of citizens such as farmers who are having their lands threatened.

As to whether the additional exposure of the last week will help or hurt his campaign, Szabo said only time will tell.

"I absolutely never intended to get this kind of exposure, and certainly not this type of reaction," he said. "The only silver lining in all of this is it's given people a look into the true nature of the authority of county sheriff, in that (he or she) is suppose to be a protector of citizens and property."

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Sharon LaCouture August 25, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Mr. Szabo. Please remove yourself as a candidate and get professional help for your anger issues and obvious delusions. You have no business being in a position of 'power' or in determining the legality of day to day issues. If I lived in your community and you were elected Sheriff I would move. You have no right to impose your personal moral code on anyone and shame on you for believing you could use the office of Sheriff to do so. Please end your bid for Sheriff.
Dennis Taylor August 25, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Sharon, put your bloody knives away and back away from the keyboard slowly. You have likely caused or abetted the slaughter of at least one child, and I am trying to calmly get you to stop. Sit down, take a deep breath, and acknowledge the truth that you have helped commit one or more murders with your words. Then, seek professional help.
bob August 26, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Dennis, Put your dull analytical tools away and back away from your assumptions. You have likely made dumb, wrong assumptions about Sharon. Additionally, your comments are mean spirited and vile. You are not doing the pro-life movement any good with comments and ad hominem attacks like these. Mr Szabo's delusional viewpoints arer much wider than just the abortion issue, and that may well be what Sharon is referring to. So keepo your smug, snarky and self-important comments to yourself and act like an adult.
Dennis Taylor August 26, 2012 at 03:08 AM
I appear to be the only adult in the room. Sharon can defend herself as she is empowered to take innocent life by people like you, can she not?
Dennis Taylor August 26, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Sharon would impose her moral code on babies who cannot vote or voice any protest, according to her own words. Yet you, Bob, attack me for trying to get her to see the blood she has on her hands as a supporter of this crime? The shrill tone of her anger towards me does honestly suggest to me that she has a personal guilt in this issue. But I suppose you would have counseled your German friends to tone down their rhetoric in a Berlin paper in 1936, had such papers existed, with regards to the legal slaughter of Jews. Their "self-importance," as you see it, would be the focus of your rebuttal, not any concern for the actual victims being incinerated while you defended Der Fuhrer. Truth is truth, regardless of whether you like how it is presented.
bob August 26, 2012 at 03:27 AM
how do you get all that from what she wrote? her comment was to him, not to you. What 'shrill tone towards you" THERE WERE NO COMMENTS DIRECTED AT YOU
Steve From NH August 26, 2012 at 10:49 AM
A bunch of cells is not a baby. And it's none of your business what a woman does with her own body.
Dennis Taylor August 26, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Steve, are you aware that the baby inside the woman is not actually part of that woman's body? That the baby has his or her own unique DNA? That would make that child a seperate person. It is my business whether a woman chooses to kill her child. Let's see if I can find even three good reasons why I should care.... First of all, we adults are supposed to protect the children in our care. I take it you do not agree with that position. Secondly, the murder of any one of us makes us all vulnerable to murder if it is not punished or otherwise prohibited. Thirdly, that child is a future countyman or woman of mine. He or she might grow up to understand the truth that killing babies is murder. If I have no duty to such an individual, how can you argue that I have a duty to help any adult in this nation? Steve, I appreciate that you are unable to hold conversations with adversaries on a deep level. I asked you about the need for the police to refuse to enforce unjust laws earlier. Why can't you rebut me?
Dennis Taylor August 26, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Bob, without countering any of my arguments, Sharon went directly to the lowest form of argumentation, name calling. I have simply used her own words to make the reasonable case that she is a murderess, either directly or indirectly by counseling others to kill their children. Answering me is the least of her problems.
Dennis Taylor August 26, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Bob, why would my assumption that she has killed children in the womb be any sort of badge of shame for Sharon? If she truly believes what she says, a murdering woman is really a pioneer for the rights of women, is she not? As far as being mean spirited, please tell us all an alternative way to say "Hey you, stop killing your baby!!!" I really would appreciate knowing how to say this politely and without giving any offense to the murderess or her accomplices, I really would.


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