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Minority Republicans Are Fighting Among Themselves

As if losing some 120 seats in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, going from a 298-102 majority to a 222-178 minority, was not bad enough, the remaining 178 or so Republicans seem to be deeply divided as to whom they will select to lead them in minority status.

Even as recriminations fly back and forth with Republicans trying to figure out just what hit them, the party seems split between former Speak Gene Chandler and outgoing Speaker Bill O'Brien's choice of Pam Tucker (some, including your humble correspondent here, would go so far as to say that Tucker is offering herself up as Bill O'Brien's puppet).

O'Brien seems more than anything else to resemble that captain on the Italian ship which ran aground last summer, saving himself while dozens of passengers went to their watery deaths.  You know the ship and captain I mean....

Clearly it's not just O'Brien who has endorsed Tucker.  Outgoing Finance Chair Ken Weyler, no stranger to intrigue within the Republican caucus himself, late last week released a list of 70 Tucker supporters.

With 178 members, 70 won't be enough to elected the minority leader.  If everybody shows up for the vote Thursday, 90 votes will be necessary, and it's my assumption (albeit only an assumption) that nearly everyone not on the Weyler list is or will be supporting Chandler.

This seems to be a classic case of O'Brien newbies unwilling to accept the more seasoned Chandler.  As if getting thumped in the election is not bad enough, they seem to want to take us back to the days of confrontation and...dare I say...bullying tactics.

Clearly, I will (assuming I survive a recount this afternoon) be voting for Gene Chandler.

In the past, supporters have basically been kept quiet.  Sure, there have been lists, but they have never been so openly touted as Weyler chose to do last week.  This cannot bode well for the Grand Old Party which will have more trouble than ever getting its act together in the wake of this public spat.

Democrats, meanwhile, will have a race for their leader (and presumably Speaker) as David Campbell, of Nashua, challenges former Speaker Terri Noreill, or Portsmouth.  I would predict Norelli as Speaker with Chandler as GOP leader, but then remember that two years ago, I had predicted Chandler over O'Brien.

Here's the Tucket list Weyler flaunted to all (presumably) Republicans.

From: KWeyler@aol.com
To: KWeyler@aol.com
Sent: 11/9/2012 5:05:54 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: Fwd: FW: Press Release: Pam Tucker’s Bid for House Republican Leader Earns ...


Pam Tucker’s Bid for House Republican Leader

Earns Support from over 70 Lawmakers

-NH House Members from Across the State Line Up to Support Tucker -


Greenland – In less than 24 hours, over 70 New Hampshire Republican House Members have publically endorsed State Representative Pam Tucker to serve as their Republican Leader during the 2013-2014 legislative session.  Additional elected officials are supporting Rep. Tucker’s bid but prefer not to release their names publically.


“I am humbled and honored to receive the support of so many of my fellow representatives from all over the state in such a short period of time,” said Deputy Speaker Pam Tucker, State Representative for Rockingham District 23. “Together we can create a strong Republican caucus that focuses on keeping New Hampshire affordable to all residents by balancing the budget and seeing that the state government lives within its means and keeps our commitment to creating new jobs by lower taxes and reducing burdensome regulation.”


Tucker was recently elected to her third term in New Hampshire House.


The New Hampshire House Members supporting Tucker’s bid for Republican Leader include:


Jane Cormier

Mark McConkey

John Burt

Calvin Dean Pratt

John Hikel

Richard Meaney

John Cebrowski

Keith Murphy

Moe Villeneuve

Don LeBrun

Emily Sandblade

Ralph Boehm

Jeanine Notter

William O’Brien

Lenette Peterson

Dick Hinch

Robert Rowe

Stephen Palmer

Tony Pellegrino

Bob Willette

Jim Coffey

Andy Renzullo

Jordan Ulery

Curtis Grace

Patrick Culbert

Mark Warden

Gary Daniels

Kathy Souza

George Lambert

Dan McGuire

Carol McGuire

JR Hoell

Bruce Hodgdon

Romeo Danais

L. Mike Kappler

Dan Dumaine

Stella Tremblay

Joseph Hagan

James Devine

David Murotake

Al Baldasaro

Daniel Tamburello

Bob Fesh

Frank Sapareto

David Thompson

Mary Griffin

Walther Kolodziej

Gary Azarian

Marilinda Garcia

Bianca Garcia

Joseph Sweeney

Patrick Bick

Daniel Itse

Regina Birdsell

Kenneth Weyler

Kevin St. James

Debra DeSimone

Mary Allen

Frederick Rice

Tracy Emerick

Michele Peckham

Pam Tucker

Tim Comerford

Jeffrey Oligny

Curtis Grace

Richard Gordon

Robbie Parsons

John Mullen

Joseph Pitre

Steve Beaudoin

Warren Groen

Laura Jones

Skip Rollins



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Reader Comments (4)

I think we both could have put this list together off the tops of our heads. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. (Hopefully not!)
November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSilence Dogood
The House of New Hamsters needs to be "shakened", not stirred: vote Steve Vaillancourt for Minority Whip!
– C. dog daydreaming of what should be
November 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC. dog
Not sure whom I'm quoting here, but, "I will not run and will not serve if elected." Who was that? Leadership too often requires one to sell out principles--I'm not cut out for that.
November 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterRep Steve Vaillancourt
I respectfully disagree. I think you are the perfect link between the bipolar partiers who could negotiate deals up the freedom ladder, not down. I'll start the ball rolling by offering a game changing trade of eliminating police state action against those imbibing in the evil weed in exchange for allowing parents school choice for their children. Sounds like a win/win to me. What about Agency Checkers: eliminate State ban on alcohol for those who reach age of majority knowing this will enable move to eliminate Dept. of Cultured Affairs? Seems like a person of principles could become quite adept in this kind of leadership role.
– C. dog dreamin' of what should be
November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC. dog

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