Preserve or Destroy: Democratic Candidates Spar on Confederate Monuments Controversy
CONCORD — First Congressional District candidate Maura Sullivan is taking some heat from fellow democrat and opponent in the primary Chris Pappas.
On WMUR last weekend, Sullivan answered a question about whether confederate monuments should be preserved or destroyed.
"That is an issue for states and local communities to decide for themselves," Sullivan said. “I don’t think the federal government should be coming into New Hampshire and telling New Hampshire what to do with its monuments."
The stance was not popular with fellow democrats and led to a clarification Monday.
Executive Councilor Pappas, also running for the seat that will be vacated by Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter at the end of the year, was firm on his stance regarding the preservation of Confederate monuments.
"We should never miss an opportunity to state unequivocally that Confederate monuments represent hate and division and have no place in our public squares. It's hard to believe that this is even a debate in 2018,” Pappas said. “These monuments were erected to glorify racism and intimidate African-Americans. Rather than memorialize the Confederates who took up arms against our country, we must repudiate them. These monuments only have one acceptable place: in the ash-heap of history."
Sullivan has been accused of being a carpetbagger, a claim she denies. The former Obama administration appointee and Illinois native told The Portsmouth Herald when she and her husband decided to move to New Hampshire last summer, she had no idea Shea-Porter planned on retiring from the House.
Former NHGOP chair, Jennifer Horn chimed in on the action on Twitter.
Wait. What? @NHDems candidates for #CD1 are arguing over ... Confederate monuments?? In #NH ??? Where there are exactly zero Confederate monuments? Maybe @maurasullivan thinks she is still down south...but what excuse do her opponents have for taking the bait? 🤦♀️#nhpolitics https://t.co/PktqOrOFyk— Jennifer Horn (@NHJennifer) August 7, 2018