By Chris Jensen,
Brad Bailey and Skylar Boutin, both representatives from the North Country, were among those in the majority on a House committee voting not to take any disciplinary action against Rep. Robert Fisher of Laconia.
Fisher is said to have founded a misogynistic website called The Red Pill.
Bailey is a Republican whose district includes Bethlehem, Franconia, Sugar Hill, Lisbon and Littleton.
Boutin is a Republican who represents Franconia, Lisbon, Lyman, Monroe, and Sugar Hill.
They are the only representatives from the North Country on the 14-member House Legislative Administration Committee.
On Wednesday the eight Republicans on the committee voted not to recommend any disciplinary action. There are six Democrats.
Fisher later resigned.
Neither Bailey nor Boutin could be reached for comment.
There were calls for Fisher to resign after The Daily Beast reported that Fisher created the website and posted remarks that “described women as having ‘sub-par intelligence,’ suggested that women’s bodies are the only thing that makes their ‘lackluster’ personalities ‘worth it,’ and commonly expressed paranoia about what he perceived as a growing plague of ‘false rape accusations’ supposedly used as a weapon by feminists.”
According to The Daily Beast “while Fisher did not deny having created The Red Pill, he called his past comments ‘injudicious,’ and suggested he no longer holds the views he once espoused online.”
Last month WMUR reported that Gov. Chris Sununu’s saying “Representative Fisher’s comments are horrendous and repulsive and his resignation is certainly in order.”
An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Bailey was the only representative from the North Country on the committee.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Bailey was the only representative from the North Country on the committee.
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