NBC 10 Boston reported that William Marsh, a Republican lawmaker in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, has switched his party affiliation to Democratic in response to the extremist anti-science rhetoric from the state GOP.
“I cannot stand idly by while extremists reject the reasonable precautions of vaccinations and masks,” said Marsh in a statement. “And so I have reluctantly changed my party affiliation. I urge others to consider what is happening and come to their own conclusions.” New Hampshire state Rep. Bill Marsh said
,Marsh said the last straw was a rally held by New Hampshire House Republicans on Tuesday opposing President Joe Biden’s proposed COVID-19 vaccine requirement for large companies. “They’re calling for a special session to basically do the same thing (Florida Gov. Ron) DeSantis is doing in Florida,” he said.
“The faction that’s currently dominant in the Republican Party in the House in New Hampshire opposes vaccines and masks and mandates of any kind, and are of the opinion that public health measures are unconstitutional,” he added. “I believe Supreme Court case law shows that not to be the case.”
He says the majority of Republicans, both locally and in the New Hampshire House, hold values which no longer reflect what he considers traditional Republican values.
“My intention had been to quietly finish my term and enjoy my retirement in peace. Unfortunately events have forced my hand,” he said.