Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 05:19PM
This information is offered in the hopes that statewide media, as a public service to voters, will pick up on it prior to the November 6 election
For the 400 State Representatives in New Hampshire, the average attendance for 2012 was 82 percent, not all that bad, a solid B- in school house grading terms. The only way we can determine this is by roll call votes, and there were plenty of them, so no one can claim that he or she missed a day or two (or left early from time to time) thus driving his or her score down.
The average Rep was present for 237 of 289 votes.
When a lobbyist last week asked me what I would consider an acceptable level of attendance, I replied that we should use the A, B, C, D, F grading system. By that standard, anything below 60 would be unacceptable, but being in a generous mood, I decided to set 50 percent as a standard.
I then went through the list of all 400 Reps. After removing anyone not running for re-election (after all, they've already decided that they don't have the time to serve again), I came up with 16 what must be deemed the WORST OF THE WORST, Reps who, despite terrible attendance, decided that they should run again. 11 were Republicans, 5 Democrats, not that far out of line statistically since Republicans had 298 Reps and Democrats only 102 after the 2010 election.
What does stand out as a glaring statistical deviation is the dereliction of Manchester Democrats. Four of the five No Show Democrats are from Manchester. In fact, two of them fall not merely below 25 percent but below 25 percent! No Manchester Republican seeking re-election falls below 50 percent.
Dover, Nashua, and Londonderry each had two Reps below 50 percent yet running again.
I've placed an asterik next to two names since these two Reps could be legitimately excused by extended illnesses. Let me know if I've missed anyone (or included someone who should not be.
Here they are from bottom to top. Some of them even managed to survive primary challenges.
*Jean Jeudy, D-Manchester--67 votes made--ONLY 23.1%
Jeff Oligny, R-Hampstead--68 votes made--ONLY 23.4 %
Tom Katsiantonis, D-Manchester--69 votes made--ONLY 23.8 %
Tim Hogan, R-Nashua--70 votes made--ONLY 24.1 percent
Pat Garrity, D-Manchester--91 votes made-- 31.4%
*Susan Emerson--R, Rindge--104 votes made- 35.9%
Bruce Markus, R-Peterborough--118 votes made--40.7%
Dorothea Hooper, D-Dover--127 votes made--43.8 %
Dan Tamburello, R-Londonderry, 128 votes made--44.1%
Jon Richardson, R-Allenstown--131 votes made--45.2%
Michael Weededn, R-Dover--132 votes made--45.5%
Peter Ramse, D-Manchester--133 votes made--45.9%
Michele Rocklin, R-North Hampton--134 votes made--46.2%
Fred Leonard, R-Rochester--136 votes made--46.9%
David Lundgren, R-Londonderry--143 votes made--49.3%
James Summers, R-Nashua, 144 votes made--49.8%
Numbers speak for themselves; no editorial comment is necessary...except to mention that one of the derelict No Show Reps has been chosen by Speaker Bill O'Brien to serve on his re-election committee. In other words, No Shows Reps for Bill. Any idea which one????