GOP Lawmaker: Congresswoman Will Lose Re-Election Because She Is ‘Ugly as Sin’

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A New Hampshire Republican state lawmaker wrote in a blog post last week that U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) will lose her re-election bid because she is “ugly as sin” and facing off against a more attractive Republican opponent.

Ann McLane Kuster is the first woman to represent New Hampshire’s 2nd District in Congress.

State Rep. Steve Vaillancourt (R) wrote in NH Insider a long post about how “looks matter in politics,” and so Kuster, who was first elected in 2012, will surely lose to her GOP opponent, Marilinda Garcia, who he says is “truly attractive.”

“Let’s be honest,” he wrote. “Does anyone not believe that Congressman Annie Kuster is as ugly as sin? And I hope I haven’t offended sin.”

Vaillancourt went on to say that Kuster “looks more like a drag queen than most men in drag,” and that he’s “sad to say, but the drag queens are more attractive than Annie Kuster … not that there’s anything wrong with that.” He added that even though Garcia is good looking, she’s not “so drop dead gorgeous as to intimidate those watching.”

For her part, Garcia this week released a statement saying Vaillancourt’s comments are “sexist” and “have absolutely no place in political discourse.”

“Both Rep. Kuster and I have experienced this unfortunate reality of being a woman in politics,” she wrote. “I hope that as time moves forward and more female candidates run for political office around the country, people will focus on the content of our ideas rather than what we wear and how we look.”

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