I served with Liz Merry on the Local and Regulated Revenues Committee last term, and when I noted on this web site that she is helping manage the Jackie Cilley for Governor campaign, I felt compelled to point out that Liz was one of the finest Reps I've ever worked with in either party. I wasn't surprised that she was defeated in her bid for re-election (I had predicted it would be a big year for Republicans), but I can honestly say that I miss her more than just about anybody I've ever served with. Melissa Lyons, the Democrat from Rockingham County who defeated Ken Weyler, was another fine Representative who is greatly missed as is Rep. Susan Price from the Strafford County. These are three Democrats we need back if the system is to work in a bi-partisan manner again.
As Democrats, they are all undoubtedly more fiscally liberal than I am, but we could use their intelligence and their diligence back in the House. They never voted simply along party lines as too many Democrats and Republicans do. Liz always spent whatever amount of time necessary to get the information required on a given issue, and at a time when Democrats were in control, she worked with other Reps across the aisle, a practice we rarely see these days.
Were I a Democrat, I would be supporting Jackie Cilley for Governor; she seems to be the most realistic pragmatic problem solver in the field right now. No, I will never support an income tax, but the fact that Jackie Cilley refuses to take the pledge does not necessarily mean she'll push for such a tax; it simply means she's more honest than Maggie! The fact that Liz Merry is working with Jackie makes me all the more confident that Jackie Cilley would be the best choice for Democrats for Governor. Of course, some would say that my endorsement for a Democrat is tantamout to the kiss of death. Whatever! There's always the write-in slot on the Republican ballot.