It’s been two days since news broke that New Hampshire state Senator Martin Harty told a mental health advocate that the mentally ill should be “shipped to Siberia” and alluded supporting eugenics. Now, Sen. Harty has announced his resignation.
Via the New Hampshire Union Leader:
Harty apologized in his letter to Speaker of the House William O’Brien, , citing “slightly unfavorable publicity” over his remarks. “Sorry my big mouth caused this furor,” he said.O’Brien said in a brief announcement that Harty’s seat will become vacant Tuesday after his letter of resignation is read to the House of Representatives. He said he will ask for a special election to fill the vacancy.
O’Brien met with Harty today to offer his resignation.
“We both agreed that this is what is best or the House to move forward and focus on critical issues, like balancing our budge without raising taxes and giving voters an opportunity to pass a school funding amendment to ensure local control,” O’Brien said.
Harty, who was elected to his first term as a senator this November, had been accused even by his own party as being “confused” and “easily swayed” and complained that he didn’t always know what was going on during the sessions.