CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) today offered the following comments in response to the resignation in the past two days of two Democrats Representatives-Elect who could not serve, one due to a residency issue, the other because state law prohibits felons from serving in public office until their sentences are complete.
House Speaker William O’Brien
“It doesn’t speak will for the Democrats recruiting efforts if they could not identify better candidates for State Representative than convicted felons who have not completed their sentence and people who truly live out of state. These sad episodes paint the entire House in a bad light and demonstrate the need to get back to electing individuals who are committed to serving the people honorably. What is even more disturbing is the fact that a convicted felon from Nashua who is still serving a suspended sentence now thinks that this would be a good profile for the New Hampshire House of Representatives, despite the fact it violates State law, and has removed what was an appropriate resignation. The fact that top Democrats believe that this is an acceptable act should offend all New Hampshire citizens.”