NH House Leaders Comment on Democrats’ Discredited Attacks Against Speaker’s Family

CONCORD – House Deputy Speaker Pam Tucker (R-Greenland) and House Majority Leader Pete Silva (R-Nashua) today offered the following comments after the Department of Justice recently cleared the family of Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) of any wrongdoing based on complaints by the New Hampshire Democrat Party and other associated liberal interest groups, including Granite State Progress, a left-wing, union boss-funded, fringe entity.  The Nashua Telegraph reported on the Attorney General’s Office report Sunday.
House Deputy Speaker Pam Tucker
“Attacking the families of elected leaders to gain political points truly speaks to the worst of what turns people off from public service.  There is no place for this type of behavior by the New Hampshire Democrat Party and their friends in public discourse.  It’s time for people like Democrat Chairman Buckley to look at himself in the mirror and ask himself if this is what attracted him to the public arena and if this episode is how he wants to define himself.  Other Democrats, including President Obama and Governor Lynch, have said that it high time that we move to elevate the debate and I hope that message gets out to those who tried to drag the Speaker’s family’s name through the mud.”
House Majority Leader Pete Silva
“If Ray Buckley and the others involved in this smear campaign have even a shred of dignity or class, they will offer an apology to Speaker O’Brien for their misguided, outrageous and wild accusation that we now know has no basis in fact.  However, we all are aware of the type of people we are dealing with, so there’s no reason for anyone to hold his or her breath.  It’s high time that the Democrats start doing their homework before launching baseless claims.  Furthermore, the Democrat candidates for governor, Jackie Cilley and Maggie Hassan, need to be leaders for their party and decide if they are going to repudiate Ray Buckley and step up against these kinds of vicious personal attacks or if, as governor, they would condone making these disgraceful accusations in the future.”