NHDP - Raymond Buckley and Kathy Sullivan call on GOP Leaders To Refuse to Stand with Admitted Lawbreaker James O'Keefe

Attorney General's Office Has Open Investigation into Impersonation of Deceased Veteran by O'Keefe's Organization


CONCORD -Current and former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairs Raymond Buckley and Kathy Sullivan today called on Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith and Congressmen Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass and other Republican leaders to refuse to attend a Republican Gala Sunday with radical trickster and admitted lawbreaker James O'Keefe. 


"Why are Republicans honoring a confessed law breaker as their special guest?" Said Buckley.  "Is that the kind of message that Republicans want to send?  That it is okay to break the law if it is in service to an extreme Tea Party agenda?" 


In 2010, O'Keefe received 3 years of probation, 100 hours of community service and a $1,500 fine after pleading guilty to charges of entering U.S. property under false pretenses when he and three others tried to infiltrate U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu's office to tamper with her telephone system. [The Hill, 5/26/10; NYT, 1/26/10]


Sullivan said: "Instead of honoring this fellow, which in essence really is a stamp of approval on what he has done, I would expect elected officials and Republican candidates for office to step away for him. They should not honor him or celebrate with him." 


On January 10, 2012, O'Keefe's associates videotaped their attempts to fraudulently obtain the ballots of deceased New Hampshire residents, including that of a U.S. Navy veteran who died only 10 days earlier. His widow called the stunt "awful" [Boston Herald, 1/12/12].  Republican Mayor of Manchester Ted Gatsas said that O'Keefe's associates "should be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law." [Union Leader, 1/12/12].


"Do Republican candidates Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith and Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte believe it is okay to plot to tamper with a U.S. Senator's phone as long as the as the Senator is a Democrat?" Said Buckley. "Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith, Charlie Bass, Frank Guinta, Chris Sununu should make clear publicly that they will refuse to stand with O'Keefe and call on the Rye Republicans to cancel this event." 


According to the Attorney General's Office, their investigation into O'Keefe's actions in New Hampshire is still open. (WMUR Political Scoop 5/2/12)