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NHDP - Newspapers Across NH Scold O’Brien for Destructive Antics


When Will Kelly Ayotte & GOP Leaders End Their Silence? 
Concord, N.H. – Newspapers across the state have repeatedly blasted Bill O’Brien for his childish and harmful behavior, begging the question, when will Kelly Ayotte, Chuck Morse, and Republican Party leaders end their silence and stop endorsing O’Brien as he fights to destroy the New Hampshire House from within.
“Bill O’Brien’s increasingly desperate attempts to grab power for himself and further his own radical anti-middle class agenda are no longer just hurting the Republican Party, they’re threatening the well-being of our middle class families and our economy,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Kelly Ayotte, Chuck Morse, and Republican Party leaders need to act responsibly and finally call on O’Brien to quit his destructive tactics and radical anti-middle class agenda before he’s able to take our economy backwards again.”
See below for a roundup of editorials from across the state blasting O’Brien’s destructive antics.
Nashua Telegraph: Politics: Dignity is not too much to ask
“The state faces too many important issues over the next two years to have Concord turned into a clown show. Politicians on both sides of the aisle need to work together – as they have done the past two years – to solve problems. That means O’Brien and his minions need to demonstrate a little dignity in defeat.”
Click here for full Nashua Telegraph Editorial.
Nashua Telegraph: They can cry if they want to
“Jasper isn’t the real culprit here. The larger problem is a party mind-set that thinks Bill O’Brien could possibly be an answer to any question New Hampshire voters might be asking. […] voters don’t much care about petty party considerations. They expect the jilted to grow up, get over the heartbreak and put the good of the state first.”
Click here for full Nashua Telegraph Editorial.
Concord Monitor: Tantrum is hurting GOP and the state
“Children see the world in black and white. The O’Brien faction and their leader are acting like spoiled children. Their tantrum is hurting their party, and if it continues, it will embarrass a state that is moving closer to the center of the national spotlight.”
Click here for full Concord Monitor Editorial.
Portsmouth Herald: O'Brien will do anything to gain power
“At first, former House Speaker Bill O’Brien and his rabid supporters, including the outspoken Pam Tucker of Greenland and Fred Rice of Hampton, just looked like a bunch of sore losers throwing a temper tantrum. But their efforts on Thursday to change House rules in order to anoint O’Brien as Republican majority leader fly in the face of the New Hampshire Constitution and show the desperate lengths O’Brien and his cronies will go to grab power from legally elected House Speaker Shawn Jasper and his leadership team. […] These latest actions show O’Brien is not simply a former Massachusetts Democrat who has become a far right-wing ideologue, he is a dangerous demagogue who will stop at nothing to get the power he seems to so desperately crave.”
Click here for full Concord Monitor Editorial.
Keene Sentinel: Republican House members need a time out
“At no point have we heard the put-out GOP leaders indicate anything they’re doing is for the good of the state. Rather, nearly every rebuke of the elected speaker has noted his actions as being detrimental to “the party.” Well, that would be a reasonable stance if only the Republican Party mattered — or governed — in New Hampshire. But those days have long since passed. What needs to happen now is to put aside these very petty squabbles in favor of serving the best interests of the state. […]The next two years will be hard enough to navigate. The GOP-led Legislature will need to find common ground with Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. That seems unlikely if its House members can’t even work and play amongst themselves without needing to be sent to the corner.”
Click here for full Keene Sentinel Editorial.
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript: O’Brien denial a coup for voters
“It’s time for O’Brien to let go of the reins of the N.H. House. There is a reason, perhaps many, why he wasn’t elected again to serve as speaker. […] given how our Legislature was run when O’Brien was in charge, Granite Staters should be happy to have someone — anyone — else leading the way for the majority party.”
Click here for full Monadnock Ledger-Transcript Editorial.
Valley News: The O’Brien Rebellion
“In the course of the proceedings, O’Brien demonstrated that this particular leopard had not changed spots, as his backers sought a rule change requiring a roll call vote instead of the traditional secret ballot. […] End of story? No, beginning of GOP civil war.”
Click here for full Valley News Editorial.


House Speaker Nominee Bill O’Brien Announces Former Speaker Gene Chandler to Serve as Speaker Pro Tem

Concord – Republican nominee for House Speaker Bill O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) today announced that former Speaker Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) will serve as the House Speaker Pro Tem. Chandler has served as Speaker from 2000-2004 and as Speaker Pro Tem from 2010-2012. From 2012-2014, he served as the House Republican Leader.


House Speaker Nominee Bill O’Brien


“In his 17 terms serving the citizens of New Hampshire, Gene has consistently demonstrated his commitment to the state and has been a leader at every level of the House. There is no one more knowledgeable than Gene on the institution and tradition of this body. Moreover, he has been a reliable voice for limited, effective government in keeping with the values Granite Staters hold dear. I’m thrilled he’s joined our leadership team and look forward to him playing an important role in moving our state forward over the next session.”


House Speaker Pro Tem Nominee Gene Chandler


“I look forward to working with Speaker O’Brien over the next two years and hope all Republican House members will join us in our efforts to restore New Hampshire’s economy. He shares my concerns about making sure that New Hampshire delivers fiscally accountable government that lives within its means to the public. That begins with responsible revenue estimates and holding the Governor and state agencies to task for staying within their budgets. Together, we can make sure that our state’s fiscal house is in order and we take the steps to get New Hampshire’s economy back on track and growing again.”


Cornerstone congratulates O'Brien on nomination for Speaker 

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 Attribute to: Bryan McCormack, Executive Director  

Congratulations to Bill O'Brien on being nominated by his fellow House Republicans to be Speaker of the House. They chose bold leadership today, which is precisely what's needed to keep our state's fiscal house in order. Even more importantly, Representative O'Brien's not embarrassed to speak out in support of New Hampshire families and in support of respect for life. He's well-deserving of another term as Speaker.

NHDP - Back to the future 

BREAKING: Bill O'Brien back as Speaker.

It's official - Republicans just voted to return Bill O'Brien as New Hampshire Speaker of the House. They're going back to the future and we can expect the same extreme, Tea Party agenda:

Draconian cuts to higher education, but cheaper cigarettes. Right-to-Work for Less. Repeal of Marriage Equality. Block Access to Women's Healthcare.
We've worked too hard to let the extreme ideology of Bill O'Brien stop the progress we've made. We've stood up and stopped him before and we're going to have to do it again in 2016.
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-- Raymond Buckley, Chairman
New Hampshire Democratic Party


Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement on Bill O'Brien on becoming the next Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives:


"I want to congratulate Bill O'Brien on becoming the next Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Speaker O'Brien is a proven conservative, a tireless advocate for limited government and an outstanding leader who will stand up for fiscal responsibility in Concord. The Republican State Committee looks forward to working with Speaker O'Brien to hold Governor Hassan's accountable for her reckless tax and spend agenda and promote responsible Republican policies that will benefit all Granite Staters."