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Katherine Prudhomme-O'Brien, R-Derry, tries to interrupt Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as she takes a question at a campaign town hall meeting in Derry on Sunday. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Derry lawmaker on Hillary event: I was 'obnoxious' for a reason


The Derry lawmaker who drew national attention at a Hillary Clinton campaign event by asking questions about Bill Clinton’s alleged sexual misconduct said she got her point across.

“I think I’ve said what I had to say,” Katherine Prudhomme-O’Brien said Monday.
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Prudhomme-O’Brien repeatedly interrupted the Democratic presidential candidate Sunday at a question-and-answer session at a town hall meeting in the gymnasium of Gilbert H. Hood Middle School.

At one point, Clinton responded to Prudhomme-O’Brien by saying, “You are very rude, and I’m not ever going to call on you.”
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Prudhomme-O’Brien said Monday that she felt compelled to ask the questions on behalf of sexual assault victims.

“I know I was obnoxious,” she said. “I was just trying to be no more obnoxious than I needed to be. I wouldn’t get that message out if I was trying to be polite.”
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In an interview with CNN on Sunday night, Prudhomme-O’Brien said she herself was a victim of rape and she was asking about Juanita Broaddrick’s allegations of rape against Bill Clinton.

The Arkansas woman raised the allegations in 1999.
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Prudhomme-O’Brien said Clinton’s decision not to respond to her questions and “sweep the issue under the rug” is bad for women across the country.

“That’s extraordinarily dysfunctional,” she said. “It’s bad for this country and it’s bad for rape survivors everywhere.”
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Prudhomme-O’Brien said she had gone to a Clinton event at the Derry VFW in November, but was never called on by Clinton.

The Republican legislator said her political career could be ruined because of her decision to speak out, but said she believes it is worth it to confront Clinton over the allegations. She said she doesn’t plan to go to another Clinton rally.
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One political commentator called her a “professional heckler,” Prudhomme-O’Brien said.

“I’m not a professional heckler; nobody pays me to heckle,” she said.

She added, “The rest of the country expects us here in New Hampshire to vet these candidates. We’ve got to do it. What’s the point of a New Hampshire primary if we don’t?”
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The Clinton campaign declined to comment Monday night.

hmcgee@unionleader.com
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