FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 30, 2020
CONCORD – NHGOP Chairman Stephen Stepanek released the following statement in regards to the accusations against Vice President Joe Biden and New Hampshire’s Federal Delegation silence on the matter:
“In 2018 Senator Shaheen, Senator Hassan, Congresswoman Kuster, and then-congressional candidate Chris Pappas were quick to smear Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh with baseless allegations. Now that a credible and corroborated allegation has come forward against presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden, these same Democrats are silent on the matter and need to speak up. Is there a double standard that exists in the eyes of the Democrat Party? When a Republican judicial nominee was accused, Democrats rushed in defense of the accuser - now they are silent as someone accuses a Democrat with a credible and corroborated allegation. Our entire Federal Delegation should make it clear that the allegations against Joe Biden should be thoroughly answered and responded to.”
Pappas in 2018:
“In recent weeks, we’ve seen Senate Republicans set up a process that was designed to produce today’s result. Along the way they stonewalled the release of documents, failed to call key witnesses, and dismissed the credible sworn testimony of a sexual assault victim who bravely told her story. They were satisfied by a remarkably narrow FBI investigation that didn’t include interviewing the accuser or the accused, but simply gave them cover to move forward.
His confirmation lacks support from the American people, and it will damage their faith in an institution that is supposed to be beyond reproach. We clearly have a great deal of work to do to restore confidence in the institutions of our democracy and ensure everyone’s voice is heard.
As the rights of women, workers, and the LGBTQ Granite Staters are threatened by this confirmation, I will do whatever I can in Congress to ensure we don’t take any steps backward.”
“These allegations are alarming and they deserve time to be investigated without Republicans trying to run out the clock. This process is being rushed and manipulated to produce a certain result, and we need to put it on hold until we get answers.”
U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan said. "As difficult as the Kavanaugh battle was, those moments have been incredibly important and will continue to be as we move forward."
Congressional candidate Chris Pappas echoed that sentiment.
"If we're not hoarse by the time the election rolls around, we're not doing our jobs or we're not paying attention," he said. "It's about raising our voices and what we're all about as a country."
“I'll say it again: Professor Christine Blasey Ford's story is powerful, credible, and believable. She had nothing to gain and everything to lose by taking an oath and testifying. If Republican Senators believe her, they should ask for a full FBI investigation. Period.”
Daily Beast: Why Have Women’s Groups Gone Dead Silent on Biden Sex-Assault Accusation?
From the RNC Comms team:
Joe Biden hasn’t been asked about the allegation and there has been a media blackout of the allegation according to a recent study.
Furthermore, The Washington Post reports Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Senators Warren, Klobuchar, and Harris have all declined to comment in the wake of the recent Business Insider story.
The Washington Post adds, “Biden has declined a request for an interview. He also has declined to release his Senate papers, which are being held at the University of Delaware and could shed light on personnel issues.”
And now The New York Times has called Biden’s campaign out for lying about their reporting