A 91-year-old freshman state representative has angered a Dover Community Partners staffer for his comments he doesn’t support state funding for “the crazy people” who should be sent to “Siberia.”
Martin Harty of Barrington made the comments to Sharon Omand, a program manager at Community Partners, which provides behavioral health and developmental services for Strafford County. Omand had called Harty and other legislators to discuss measures in the proposed House Republican state budget that would make significant cuts to mental health services.
Omand told Foster’s that Harty told her he disagreed with her about the need for funds for mental health services and he believed in eugenics.
“The world population has gotten too big and the world is being inherited by too many defective people,” he told her.
Omand said she asked him to clarify if he meant mentally ill and developmentally disabled and he responded, “I mean all the defective people, the drug addicts, mentally ill, the retarded — all of them.”
“I asked what we should do with them,” Omand said, and Harty said, “I believe if we had a Siberia we should send them to this and they would all freeze and die and we will be rid of them.”
UPDATE: State Rep. Martin Harty (R-NH) has resigned from the New Hampshire House of Representatives following his comment to a constituent that mentally challenged people and other “defective” people should die in a modern-day Siberia.