NH state rep. embroiled in controversy over misogynistic online forum resigns
CONCORD — Following a heated debate about the recommendation to take no action against State Reps. Robert Fisher and Sherry Frost, Fisher resigned.
On April 25, The Daily Beast wrote in an article that Fisher appeared to have founded "The Red Pill," a forum which calls itself a "discussion of sexual strategy in a culture increasingly lacking a positive identity for men."
The article accuses the Republican representative from Laconia of making comments degrading women's intelligence and appearing to normalize rape.
On Wednesday morning, in a hearing, the Legislative Affairs Committee voted 8-6 to recommend no action be taken against Fisher or Frost. The committee's recommendation would have then gone before the House of Representatives, which they could have approved or denied.
Despite the committee's ruling, Speaker Shawn Jasper released the following statement at Wednesday regarding Fisher's resignation:
“Rep. Robert Fisher has informed the House Clerk of his resignation from the NH House, effective at noon today. It is unfortunate that the debate surrounding his actions while serving in the House have detracted from the good things that we have accomplished this session. But I welcome his resignation for the good of the institution, and I hope that we can now move forward with our important legislative agenda.”