According to a blurb in Sunday's Manchester city column, AFL-CIO President Mark MacKenzie is not only a profound hypocrite, but he's also ignorant of the way things work in New Hampshire.
In suggesting that expulsion proceedings be brought against a certain Manchester West side Republican Representative for poor attendance, MacKenzie's bias is showing.
Where was Mark MacKenzie when I made a big issue about two Representatives, in this case Democrats, from my own Manchester Ward 8 who got elected and then almost never showed up? In the case of Maureen Nagle in 2006, clearly she was coerced into running merely as a ballot filler. Where was Mark MacKenzie in decrying that vile ploy by Raymond Charles Buckley? Nowhere to be seen.
Nor was MacKenzie anywhere to be seen when it came to criticizing Mike Farley when he promised Ward 8 voters he would represent them and then showed up so rarely that the Union Leader finally got around asking for him to resign.
In fact, Mr. Labor President, Farley is now running for school board in Ward 8. If Mr. MacKenzie is so concerned about people showing up to do the job, he should immediately ask Mike Farley to get out of the race. And while he's at it, he should ask the person running (against me as fate would have it) for Ward 8 Alderman to get out of the race. Yes, that would be Tom Katsiantonis who has been absent nearly 40 percent of the time as a State Rep the last two years,
Speaking of Katsiantonises, Mark MacKenzie again flaunts his hypocrisy. Even worse than Farley and Nagle in Ward 8 was the brother of Tom Katsiantonis, George, who after getting elected in 2006, was present for only four of 127 votes in 2008 (only three percent, much worse than the gentleman MacKenzie decries today). Katsiantonis also missed all but 41 of 154 votes in 2007 (73 percent absense).. Did Mark MacKenzie deman proceedings be undertaken to expel Katsiantonis who, like Tom Beattie today, was apparnetly one of MacKenzie's own Reps?
No, of course not. In fact, he most likely voted for Katsiantonis to be re-elected in 2008, and in fact in one of the greatest electoral injustices in history, GeorgetheK won and then only proceeded to miss a whoppoing 87 percent of votes (present for only 31 of 239 votes) in 2010.
Truly, you just can't make this stuff up.
Obviously, Presdient MacKenzie is not concerned about getting his Representatives to do the job they were elected to do. If so, he would have been on the Farley, Nagle, and Katsiantonis cases (as I was) long ago. Clearly, President MacKenzie has entered his current gambit to embarass Republicans on the eve of the right to work veto override vote.
This is the same tired old politics that have resulted into unions lossing respect from most sentient human beings.
If you plan to decry lack of attendance from one party, you better have a record of doing it for both parties. I have made this an issue on my TV show, More Politically Alert, over the years, but I have been an equally opportunity attacker, not focusing on merely Democrats but going after members of both parties. In fact, earlier this year, I called for Beattie to step aside.
However, while the House theoretically has the ability to expel a member for any reason, including poor attendance, it simply is not going to happen. It would be opening up a can of worms that neither party wants to get into. In fact, when I introduced a simple piece of legislation to stiffen penalties for filing with no intention to serve, neither party looked favorably upon it.
However, rather than note that the House is not about to expel any member for attendance, Union Leader reporter Mary Beth Hall, in typical drive by style of reporting, failed to go into the history of Nagle, Farley, and the Katsiantonies. That would have been a relevent piece of reporting, but instead in an attempt to help make the MacKenzie case, this member of the lame stream media brought up the attempt to expel Mike Brunelle earlier this year, an effort which had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with attendance, a fact Hall should have known.
You can be sure I have the year by year attendance records for Farley and both Katsiantonises, and while I feel it's unfortunate that Beattie has been a no show rep, it's more unfortunate that MacKenzie would single this out for political purposes and ignore past transgressions by people he undoubtedly agrees with.