The New Hampshire Republican Party is fuming over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton subjecting a state official to a search Monday when she filed for the state’s primary election.
New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn said that forcing Secretary of State Bill Gardner to submit to a metal detector wand before entering his own office was an “absurd stunt” by the Clinton campaign.
“Secretary of State Bill Gardner has served with distinction for nearly four decades and has never had to undergo this type of disrespectful behavior from a presidential candidate,” Mrs. Horn said in a statement. “Secretary Clinton’s treatment of Secretary Gardner is embarrassing and is the latest example of the arrogant campaign that she is running in New Hampshire.”
She demanded an immediate apology from the Clinton campaign for what she called “this absurd stunt.”
The Clinton campaign did not immediately respond.
The New Hampshire GOP noted that Mr. Gardner did not undergo a physical search when former President Bill Clinton filed for the state primary in 1991 and 1995, nor did he get searched when Mrs. Clinton filed for herself in 2007.
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