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NH House Speaker Comments on Democrats Inability to Field Legitimate Candidates for State Rep

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.”


NHDP Chairman Raymond Buckley's Statement on Rep.-Elect Stacie Laughton 

CONCORD - Raymond Buckley, Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, released the following statement on the news that Rep.-elect Stacie Laughton will resign her seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives: 
"I respect Stacie's decision not to be seated in the New Hampshire House and am confident that the new Democratic House majority will stay focused on the work they were sent there by voters to do: move New Hampshire and our economy forward."


Concord, NH- When voters took to the polls on November 6th in Nashua Ward 4, they didn't know that they were voting  for was a convicted felon, who served time in the Belknap County House of Corrections. As reported by the Laconia Daily Sun and Nashua Telegraph, Stacie Laughton served four months in jail on felony charges for conspiracy to commit credit card fraud in 2008.

  "The voters of that representative district deserve to have someone in office who will be fully upfront and honest with them," said New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne MacDonald. "I'm disappointed to hear that the opposite is happening with the election of Ms. Laughton, who didn't come clean with the voters about her record of conspiracy and fraud.  

“I support House Majority Leader Pete Silva on his comments that Representative-elect Laughton resign and I join him on calling for Governor-elect Hassan and Incoming Speaker Norelli to make this a reality. The voters have a fundamental right to know who is seeking to serve them in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.”