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September 13, 2012

Letters to the editor

Victory for O’Brien means a divided Legislature

To the editor:

In the Sept. 6 issue of the Derry News, Republican candidates for state Legislature were asked two questions: “Would you support the re-election of the House Speaker (Bill O’Brien)?” and “How can Republicans and Democrats better work together in the upcoming session?”

Of the eight candidates who responded, four gave what sounded like a talking point answer to the first question: “I will wait and see ...” Three had the nerve to say a resounding “No” while one answered he would most likely support Speaker O’Brien.

There can be no doubt that if the Republicans have a majority in the New Hampshire House, O’Brien will be the top contender for speaker. He assumed that position in 2011 and has run the Legislature with an iron fist. He has threatened to remove committee chairmen from their chairmanships if they refuse to support his far-right tea-party agenda and removed uncooperative committee members from their assignments. He has held votes in the middle of the night in order to get a majority vote in his favor. He has locked citizens out of the Legislature because he did not want to hear what they had to say.

Anyone who is non-committal on whether they will support O’Brien for House Speaker in the 2013-2014 Legislature is afraid to admit that they will walk the O’Brien line because they either agree with his draconian policies or are afraid to stand up to him.

This brings us to the second question. Although all eight of the candidates indicated a desire to work together with Democrats and show respect for opposing views, the divisive agenda and heavy-handed tactics of O’Brien fly in the face of this supposed desire to work in a respectful manner in the best interests of the people of New Hampshire.

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