A Democrat New Hampshire State Rep. has resigned after an uproar over a bizarre tweet. Richard Komi is a former refugee from Nigeria.
Fox News reports New Hampshire state Rep. Richard Komi, D-Manchester, has resigned amid backlash over his apparent suggestion that Tara Reade was “looking for attention” and would have had to have “cooperated” with former Vice President Joe Biden’s attempt to assault her if her allegation were true.
“Judged by the position of the female vagina, it will not be easy for anyone to just put their finger into the vagina unless their [sic] is some cooperation from the female herself. That is why I believe Tara Reade’s allegations [sic] is false. She is looking for attention,” Komi said on Friday in a now-deleted tweet.
New Hampshire Dem Rep Richard Komi says a man can only penetrate a woman’s vagina with “cooperation from the woman.”
Wow. The Dems are REALLY bad at this. pic.twitter.com/TVEyAljBYI
— Sara Gonzales (@SaraGonzalesTX) May 2, 2020
The New Hampshire Republican party wrote on Twitter:
Per Inklink, when reached for comment on Friday evening, Komi had remorse for how he shared his opinion, but not for his support of Biden.
“I wish I had worded my words more appropriately. It was not intended to lessen the pain that sexual assault survivors face all their lives,” he said “I do not believe Joe (Biden) is the type of person who would do anything to hurt a woman.”
Representative Komi’s comment is wrong, inappropriate, and offensive to all Democrats, and does not reflect the values of our party,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley.
According to Union Leader, Komi sent his letter of resignation to Shurtleff just after 1 a.m. Saturday. He had been serving his first term in the state legislature, and endorsed Biden’s campaign for president in July 2019.
“I am by this email offering my resignation as a member of the New Hampshire House,” Komi wrote in an email to Shurtleff, shared with the Union Leader.
“I also want to offer my sincere apologies to anybody whose feelings may have been hurt by the tweets,” Komi continued. “I am and will continue to be a supporter of victims of sexual and domestic assault. The tweets were very poorly worded and do not reflect who I am and what I stand for. I ask for the forgiveness of all who have been a victim of sexual or any other kind of assault. I in no way excuse my poor judgment on this matter and hope that every one will know that I am truly sorry for my mistakes.”
According to Fox News, Komi is a former refugee from Nigeria who settled in the United States in 1999 and was first elected to the state House in 2008. Since the tweet, which Shurtleff and other Democrats saw, Komi has made his twitter feed protected, meaning only those who followed him before the controversy can see his tweets. Anyone else must be approved.
Komi’s resignation came amid a broader conversation about the way both parties handled accusations against prominent public officials. Republicans have accused Democrats of applying a double standard to Reade’s allegations and those against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.