CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following statements in response to the news that the New Hampshire Democratic Party had agreed to pay a $5,000 penalty to the state’s Department of Justice for illegal calls made for the Democratic Party by its Chairman, Ray Buckley, against Speaker O’Brien the day before last September’s primary election. The agreement for the penalty was signed by Democratic National Committee woman, and former Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan.
House Speaker William O’Brien
“While it certainly is both odd and hypocritical that the same people who complain so vigorously against illegal campaign calls would engage in that very same behavior, I do appreciate the work of the Attorney General Delaney and his staff to bring this matter to justice. This fine closes the public investigation phase of this matter, and now I will consult with my attorneys to consider what civil recourse exists to determine just how these illegal calls came to happen and exactly who was responsible for inflicting them on my constituents. I am committed to getting to the bottom of this and look forward to unearthing the truth behind this flagrant violation of the law.”
House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt
“The New Hampshire Democrats have been unmistakably exposed as having had a vendetta against Bill O’Brien even before he became speaker. Clearly, they realized as early as last summer just how much of a threat he would be to their big government, tax-and-spend agenda. However, they continued their smear campaign and the politics of hate-filled personal destruction by having their chairman admit that they were attacking the speaker’s family in order to savage his reputation. It’s no surprise that they were so blinded by hatred that they would break the law to continue their crusade against the person who is most responsible for bringing the state back from the brink of the sales and income taxes that the Democrats so desperately want. Ray Buckley and his political attack dog Kathy Sullivan certainly owe Speaker O'Brien an apology. I also believe it is appropriate that Mr. Buckley resign from his post immediately because of this admitted violation of state law. This also raises serious questions as to whether there should there be a further investigation into other illegal calls that may have been made against Republicans throughout the state during the last campaign.”