HILLSBOROUGH DISTRICT 4 REPRESENTATIVE FILES COMPLAINT WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OVER LAST MINUTE ROBO-CALL BY STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIRMAN BUCKLEY
In response to a bi-partisan request by Rep. William O'Brien to his Democratic
neighbors to write him in as a candidate so that he, like other state representatives across New Hampshire, could draw his constituents together by representing them as both a Republican- and Democrat-nominated candidate, late Monday afternoon before the Tuesday, Sept. 14 primary, Democratic State Party chairman Raymond Buckley robo-called Republicans in the towns of Lyndeborough, Mont Vernon, New Boston, Temple and Wilton to falsely say Rep. O’Brien had come to support the Democrat political agenda of national health care, same gender marriage and abortion on demand. Buckley then joined the discussion on a Democrat blog to congratulate himself on his wit and how he believed, erroneously as it turns out, he had kept Republicans from voting for Rep. O’Brien. Instead, Rep. O’Brien topped the ticket in his district.
In 2003 and after much agitation by Democrats, the New Hampshire legislature
passed a law, RSA 664:14-a, that requires robo-callers to identify who they are calling for, who is paying for the call, and the fiscal agent of the call. It is clear that for Raymond Buckley this statue applies to only Republicans, because in his last minute effort to deceive Hillsborough House District 4 Republicans before the September 14, 2010 primary, he and the NH Democratic State Committee did not make any such disclosures. Rep. O’Brien has turned this incident over to the NH Attorney General’s office for investigation and is evaluating the possibility of a private lawsuit.
Whatever the legal consequences of this incident, not just Republicans and independents in District 4 should be upset by Raymond Buckley’s latest stunt. As Rep. O’Brien said, “Chairman Buckley’s own Democratic party members should be outraged by his representing their party’s agenda as being so repugnant that it would drive voters away from any legislative candidate. Party leaders should try to lead voters to their political platform, not assume it is so foul that claiming their opponents’ association with it would cause those opponents to lose elections.”