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As a friend who relayed this sorry news to me said: "Bigotry's poor sense of timing."

This news from New Hampshire political reporter James Pindell is what NH Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley got for a birthday present today from one of NH's most prominent right-wing bloggers, and on the same day Congressman Paul Hodes (NH-02) will be accepting a marriage equality award from HRC on his behalf:

After his radio show "Meet the New Press" ended today, GraniteGrok.com co-founder Doug Lambert looked into a live web-streaming camera, mockingly wished state Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley a Happy Birthday and then called Buckley a "faggot" before basically wishing him dead.

...After co-host Skip Murphy said that he should probably shut off the feed, Lambert looked into the camera and said, "Speaking of gays, Happy Birthday Ray Buckley. Are you going to Holland or taking another trip with your buddies?"

He then dances in a way meant to mock a gay male and says:"Yeah you Faggot. [Pause.] That's right I said it and I meant it. You are reprobate. How the people, the Democrats, I think of some of the gray haired ladies and older people from the old party would stand behind you is beyond me. You are a disgrace to yourself to humanity to mankind and to your party.

"Other than that Happy Birthday Ray and many more -- not," Lambert continued before the feed was quickly shut off.

In a way I prefer this development in the NH right-wing blogosphere - at least it's more honest.

State Rep. Jim Splaine, chief sponsor of both NH's civil union and marriage equality laws, condemmned this hate speech here.

I'm certainly not going to link to the blog in question, but since this news reverberated around the statewide nets there has been some fairly quick backtracking.  Lambert has apologized (in part):

"To be blunt, what I said is something that never should have been said in any kind of a public setting, or, quite frankly, in a private one either. Being human, and an honest person that is used to freely speaking my mind, my passion got the best of me," he wrote.

And both former NH-01 Congressman Jeb Bradley (R) and current GOPer NH-Sen explorer Ovide Lamontagne, who were on the radio show in question today, distanced themselves.

Finally, Frank Guinta, the guy who wants NH-01 Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter's job, dropped Lambert like a hot potato from his "county co-chair" campaign status.

(crossposted, with additional info and edits for a nat'l audience, from Blue Hampshire.)

Originally posted to Dean Barker on Sat Nov 14, 2009 at 07:06 PM PST.

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