Paul Martineau Double Dipping in Manchester


When Paul Martineau first ran for Welfare Commissioner at the urging of his political crony, Paul Porter, Martineau promised to give up his full-time job if elected and criticized his Republican opponent, Carlos Gonzalez, who said at the time, he will keep his part time position as State Representative if elected Welfare Commissioner.

The October 16, 2001 article of the Manchester, New Hampshire Union Leader on page B2, by Mark Hayward of the Union Leader staff shows Martineau, a Democrat, questioning whether Gonzalez can do both jobs, Is he going to be a full-time commissioner? He's a Representative, said Martineau.

Now that Martineau luxuriates in his $78,843 dollar-a-year salaried position, he sings a different tune. He admitted on a Community TV program interview, people have been asking me, are you going to leave the Welfare job? Martineau replies, No, I'm not.The Welfare job is an elected position. Councilor is also an elected position. I'm technically a city employee per se, but I'm elected, and I'm not bound to that. He goes on to tell the people of Manchester, I'm not gonna double dip if I'm not at the City on Wednesdays, or whenever the Council meets, I'm not gonna get paid for that.I'm not gonna double dip. Paul Martineau did not keep this promise. He claims on Community TV that he has been campaigning for the Executive Council since the first of the year.  And recent checks show that he has not had $1 subtracted from his whopping $78,843 dollar full-time salary.

This is the same Paul Martineau who criticized Gonzalez in the 2001 campaign saying that, he was not going to be a full-time Commissioner because he's a State Legislator as well.

Martineau did admit that he is already a double dipper because he would continue to receive a City pension of $13,500 per year (2001 figure) in addition to his $78,843 dollar Welfare salary. Now he wants to be paid as an Executive Councilor as well. He has never maintained, for any length of time, a real job in the private sector not paid for by the taxpayers, according to Wieczorek spokesman Marshall Cobleigh.

Ironically, Martineau also said in the 2001 campaign he will enforce a law that requires family members to support their relatives rather than City Welfare Departments.

His lifetime of feeding at the public trough must mean that he considers the taxpayers of New Hampshire as his family support system, according to Cobleigh.