There has been discussion here about about inappropriate behavior not related to public office. What we haven’t discussed is inappropriate behavior by a politician that is related to public office. Massachusetts State Representative Ryan Fattman recently said that raped and beaten illegal immigrants should be afraid to go to the police. He offered this bit of wisdom when being interviewed by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, emphasis mine:
Asked if he would be concerned that a woman without legal immigration status was raped and beaten as she walked down the street might be afraid to report the crime to police, Mr. Fattman said he was not worried about those implications.
“My thought is that if someone is here illegally, they should be afraid to come forward,” Mr. Fattman said. “If you do it the right way, you don’t have to be concerned about these things,” he said referring to obtaining legal immigration status.
One posting that really hit the point home.
That anyone would just wave aside the rape or assault of any human, is enough to me to disqualify them for politics. The sad fact is that this is what passes for mainstream in the Republican Party today. No one is calling for this man’s resignation, no one is pointing out that he has a completely wrongheaded and skewed view of our system of law. He is just one of a group of Republicans bashing Gov. Patrick for not signing on to a failed and flawed program.
Well, enough is enough and I challenge anyone in the MA GOP to stand by his remarks. Should Fattman resign?