MANCHESTER, NH – State Representative Richard Komi (D-Manchester) faces criticism after a tweet he posted on Friday disputing allegations of sexual assault done by Tara Reade, a former staff member of former US Vice President Joseph Biden.
In the tweet, Komi took issue with Reade’s claim that Biden had inserted his fingers into her vagina, saying it wouldn’t be possible without “cooperation.”
When contacted for comment on Friday night, Komi had remorse for how he shared his opinion, but not for his support for Biden.
“I wish I had phrased my words more appropriately. It wasn’t about alleviating the pain that survivors of sexual assault face all their lives, “he said.” I don’t believe Joe (Biden) is the kind of person who would do anything to hurt a woman. “
The New Hampshire Republican Party issued a Twitter statement calling state Democrats for Komi’s comments. The New Hampshire Democratic Party has echoed a call from New Hampshire House of Representatives Speaker Steve Shurtleff (D-Concord) for Komi’s resignation.
“Representative Komi’s comment is flawed, inappropriate and offensive to all Democrats, and does not reflect the values of our party,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley.
Komi said he is in discussions with Shurtleff about the comment and will not make an immediate decision regarding the resignation from the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
Komi, a former refugee resettled in the United States in 1999 and sent to Manchester, was first elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in November 2008 and served from 2009 to 2010, according to his official. biography of the state house. He is one of three State Representatives for Hillsborough District 43, which includes Manchester’s 4,5,6,7 wards, and is serving his second term.
UPDATE: The New Hampshire Labor Leader report that Komi handed in her resignation letter on Friday night. A Komi associate told Manchester Ink Link he was unavailable for comment on Saturday morning.