The New Hampshire House majority leader said he stands by his Facebook post referring to Catholic Bishop John McCormack as a "pedophile pimp."
McCormack spoke at a Statehouse rally Thursday, criticizing budget cuts.
"We urge the legislature and the governor to place the poor, the unemployed, and our most vulnerable citizens first," he said.
On Friday morning, D.J. Bettencourt, a Catholic, responded on his Facebook page.
"Bishop John McCormick (sic) of the Catholic Diocese of NH told the crowd, ‘It’s a moral concern (because) the vulnerable take priority in our society.’ Would the Bishop like to discuss his history of protecting the 'vulnerable'? This man is a pedophile pimp who should have been led away from the State House in handcuffs with a rain coat over his head in disgrace. He has absolutely no moral credibility to lecture anyone," the post said.