By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A Republican candidate for one of the four seats in the New Hampshire House of Representatives representing the city of Laconia has called for a small cabal of high-ranking military officers to take President Obama into custody and prosecute him for treason.
Jim McCoole, in a letter to The Laconia Daily Sun published last week, wrote "since his re-election in 2012, I have been hoping that out of the thousands of generals and admirals in our military, that just a small handful would emerge with enough and conviction, to take him into custody and make him stand trial for treason."
McCoole addresses the president's repeated "lies" about Obamacare, about ISIS, about the nuclear accord with Iran, about Obama's travel as a teenager, academic record and above all about what he characterizes as "the untraceable cash ransom" paid to Iran in return for four hostages. Describing Obama as "a domestic enemy," he charges that "this presidency has been administered by a mafia-like criminal enterprise" and that the president is "an inside man" for radical Islamic terrorists.
Asked about his remarks on Monday, McCoole said that his advocacy of what would amount to a military coup d'etat was "totally rhetorical." He said, "I would definitely want some way or other for Obama to be removed from office, but I would not support a coup. I'm not suggesting we take over the government by force."
But McCoole called Obama "the very worst president in our history" and said "We've got to do something sooner or later. I'm sorry, but he doesn't have the best interests of the United States at heart. He lied to us from the very beginning and never has been truthful to the American people."
McCoole said, "I realize I'm raising a real risk of being presented as a nut case," but insisted "I'm not a nut case, but I'm very outspoken. I am speaking out and I will continue to speak out whether I'm in the Legislature or not," he continued, and "hopefully I can change a mind or two."
State Rep. Frank Tilton, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and one of McCoole's running mates on the Republican ticket, said that calling on military officer to arrest the president is "off base," quipping that "the military is supposed to stay on base." He said there are constitutional means of addressing the situation, namely litigation and elections.
However, Tilton also noted that much of McCoole's letter was devoted to "lies told by the president," some documented and some admitted. "People say some outrageous things," he said. "It's what they do that worries me." He discounted McCoole's letter as "obviously campaign rhetoric," said that that his stiffest challenge as a candidate is lack of name recognition. "He may get some recognition now," he remarked.
As one of four candidates for the four House seats on the general election ballot, McCoole was unopposed in the GOP primary. However, he said that on the advice of his physician he is not actively campaigning, but added "if I'm elected, I will serve."
Alan Glassman, chairman of the Belknap County Republican Committee, was abroad and declined to comment on the letter, which he had not read, and Jennifer Horne, who chairs the New Hampshire Republican Party, did not return a telephone call.
Running for the four seats in District 3 are McCoole, Tilton, Donald Flanders and Peter Spanos on the Republican side, and Charlie St. Clair, Tom Dawson, David Huot and Liz Merry on the Democratic side.
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