Rep Steve Vaillancourt


Attack From Right Could Put Boutin Seat In Play

           Hardly a week goes by when another shoe doesn’t drop on Republican chances of holding their huge lead in the New Hampshire Senate.

            This week, it’s not another announcement from a popular incumbent Republican deciding not to seek re-election (Gallus in district 1, Groen in district 6), but it could be just as bad in a district which hasn’t elected a Democrat during the life time of…I dare say…most of you reading this.

            Angered that District 16 Republican Senator David Boutin is not conservative enough on gun and right to work issues, a fellow Republican has begun a web site attacking the senator.

            It’s not just any Republican either; it’s an elected official, and while I’m not going to out anyone here, those of you far more proficient than I am in technology (after all, I am a Luddite) can undoubtedly google the site and trace the author.

            Not only is Boutin being attacked by fellow Republicans, there’s a rumor that a more conservative Republican might run as a third party candidate thus siphoning off votes and allowing a respected Democrat to capture the seat.

            At the very least, Boutin can well expect a primary challenge from the right.

            The Boutin seat was held by Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas previously.  Prior to that, it was Patty Krueger for one term and before that, seemingly forever, Eleanor Podles from the north end of Manchester.  That goes back farther than I do, so I’m not the one to name the last Democrat to ever have held the seat...if in fact there is one.

            However, Krueger just barely edged out Bow State Represenative Steve DeStefano in 1998 (the recount went on for days), and the district has arguably trended more democratically since then. 

            For example, when I was first elected to the House in 1996, all three Reps from upscale Ward 1 were Republicans; today, all three are Democrats.  Although three Republicans were elected in Ward 2 last time, it was due to the Republican sweep, and the ward is slightly Democratic in a normal year.

            Ward 12 remains Republican, and the district also includes highly Republican Hooksett, Dunbarton, and Candia as well as rather neutral Bow.

            Bottom line—if a good Democratic candidate steps forward, I would now move this seat from rather safe Republican to toss-up.

            DeStefano could win, but he told me he’s not interesting in running.

            Two other names have surfaced.  Although he lost to Boutin in the special election to fill the Gatsas seat three years ago, Democratic Rep Jeff Goley (Ward 1) is very popular, and this could be his year.  There’s also former Ward 2 Democratic State Representative Jim Craig who lost to Carol Shea Porter in the primary for Congress in 2006, but could certainly raise a lot of money (as I recall, he served briefly as Democratic Party Chair during the investigation into Ray Buckley way back when).

            If Republicans draw enough Boutin blood, he’ll be vulnerable for either Goley or Craig…so let’s look at my numerical rating for District 16.

            It wasn’t changed at all in redistricting, and in hindsight that appears to be a smart move for Republicans since the suggested change of Ward 4 for Ward 12 (which would have logically had the entire West Side in District 20) would have made the Boutin district slightly more Democratic (Ward 4 is rather solidly Democrat, just the opposite of Ward 12).

            Here are my numbers, again with the proviso that 100 is all Republican and 0 all Democratic while 50 is totally neutral.

            In the five close races in the last decade, my analysis shows that Republicans received 63,282 votes, Democrats 56,165.  That’s basically a 53-47 slit or a six point edge for a generic Republican.  However, when I did a similar analysis in 2001, the advantage was nine points, an indication that a Democrat stands a better chance here as time passes.

            Here are my rankings for the District 16 components:

            Bow --47.22

            Candia --61.42

            Dunbarton-- 53.88

            Hooksett --58.50

            Ward 1-- 49.54

            Ward 2-- 49.45

            Ward 12—54.30.

            However, there’s one big caveat.  The Manchester wards tend to go more for Democrats the farther away from the top of the ticket one gets.  For example, Bob Backus did very well against Gatsas in all three wards.  I suspect Goley or Craig would swamp Boutin in Manchester (approximately half the district in population), and Boutin would have to run up big numbers in Hooksett, a real problem should a third party candidate enter.

            Check out that website and let me know what you think.

            Cause for concern?

            Ich glaube Ja!


Staff Admits--O'Brien Often Uses "F--K" Word In House Well...But Never Mind

            It wasn’t to me mind you, but when I went down to sign up to speak on a motion yesterday, I could barely believe myself when I heard House Speaker Bill O’Brien using the F word…in a disparaging term to a Republican leader nonetheless.

            So amazed was I that I checked with people who work in the well area (no names please...although by not mentioning anyone maybe they'll all be persecuted as guilty) and was told that yes, they do not recall him using the F word yesterday, but that he has often used it in the past.

            So much for civility in the House chambers.

            Although he’s not aired the F word over the microphone, those who work in the well have often heard him using it.  One can only wonder whether, if put under a lie detector, Major Leader D.J. Bettencourt or his deputy Jasper would admit to having heard such profanity pass the Speaker’s lips.  Certainly if those working in the well have heard it, those as close as Deej and Company must have heard it…maybe even the honorable members from Hooksett and/or Weare and Amherst who are just that close.

            No, you just can’t make this stuff up.

            The advocate of civility is among the most uncivil of all.

            Would O’Brien himself pass a lie detector test if asked whether he’s uttered such vile profanities from the well?

            One suspects he wouldn’t even try, but the truth is out.  

            This much I can relate first hand.  The Speaker actually threatened me when I signed up to speak.  He said, “Don’t you start anything!”

            Well…I certainly would have started anything I felt necessary to start.  You can’t bully me, Mr. Speaker.  However, irony of ironies, in this particular instance, I wanted to speaker in defense of the Speaker when challenged on his ruling about suspension of the rules.

            To paraphrase Gilda Radner, “Never mind…”

            It’s all right to “start something” by defending the Speaker but apparently not in pointing out his often boorish behavior, including use of the F word…that would be the word which starts with F and end with something rather uky (without the Y of course).

            The Speaker yesterday continued to show flaunt his inability to treat all people equally.

            He took a Democrat to task for (allegedly) maligning the motives of another Rep but it was perfectly all right when Deej the Republican maligned the motives of Democrats by referring to their “histrionic” behavior.

            “Never mind…”

            It’s all right when a Republican maligns, but not when a Democrat does.

            “Never mind…”

            It’s all right when a Republican interrupts a speaker with an irrelevant point of order but when a Democrat, like Rep. Gary Richardson, has a legitimate point of order (like he did yesterday when Deej veered totally off course), the Speaker goes into a harangue about not interrupting people (although he admitted Deej was off base).

            You can’t make this stuff up…and hopefully we won’t have to report on it for too many more weeks.



Fan Mail From Some Flounder--Part III

To steal a line from President Richard Nixon (who in fact was a crook!), "Let me make one thing perfectly clear."  I do nothing expecting either positive or negative reinforcement.  I live by a personal code of conduct of being honest and fair to all.  The fact that some people hate me (His Vileness of course) is something I come to expect; in fact, it's a badge of honor when the corrupt and loathsome show they hate me.  Similarly, I never expect positive comments, but I must say, some like this are welcome.  Sadly, the Speaker represents the lowest, most base elements of our society. Even more sadly, most Republicans seem only to willing to kiss his ring...not to mention various body parts.  Rest assured, the dark reign is coming to an end.



Thank you for calling out the speaker on unfairness.  I was so happy to see someone standing up for the constituents of NH.  The speaker does not represent anybody in need of health care, education, or employment.
Thank you again,

Fan Mail From Some Flounder--Part II

More fan mail from the astute...How long do you think we'll have to hold our breath till we get an apology from the Speaker or His Vileness??

From: Ron
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2012 9:38 AM
To: Vaillancourt, Steve
Subject: A note of support

While your recent comments have created a thunderstorm, mostly for criticism of unseemly behavior, I have to sympathize with you.

It seems the primary “unseemliness” in the House is the Speaker’s.

As always, the holder of the power defines the climate.


Ron Carr

Enfield, NH



Fan Mail From Some Flounder

Most are probably to young to remember the line from Rocky and Bullwinkle (it must be available in reruns somewhere; if not, it should be), but "Fan Mail From Some Flounder" is a classic I'll never forget.  I think I'll use it, humorously of course, to pass along emails I get from people.  Here's a modest example from someone who obviously got "Seigheilgate" absolutely correct unlike the myriad of ignoramuses out there.  Mail continues to run three or four to one in support, but who's counting?
I sent this letter to both the Concord Monitor and the Union Leader. I doubt they'll print it, so someone suggested I send you a copy.
Dear Editor,
I understand completely why Rep. Vaillancourt saluted Speaker O'Brien with a "Sieg Heil". He was intimating that the Speaker was running the House of Representatives in a manner reminiscent of a leader of the National Socialist German Workers' Party. The reference to the politics that led to the Holocaust may seem overly dramatic, but it's not far off the mark. The World Dictionary defines fascism as "any right-wing ideology or movement with an authoritarian and hierarchical structure that is fundamentally opposed to democracy and liberalism". Does that not describe the current political climate in the NH House of Representatives?  The Republican leadership is trying to drag us back down a dangerous and slippery slope. When women's freedoms are being curtailed, basic civil rights denied to gays and lesbians, and immigrants deemed unwanted, what group is next to be persecuted? I do not mean to discount the experience of Holocaust survivors - my father helped liberate Dachau and I have photos he took documenting horrors I will not describe here. It is out of utmost respect for the memory of those who suffered that I'd like to remind everyone that fascism comes in many forms.
Yes, Rep. Vaillancourt was being dramatic. He was mocking you, Mr. Speaker. And you took the bait. Your response - ordering him removed from the hall and making him apologize until you were satisfied that he was apologizing to you - shows just how autocratic and egotistical you are. Did he hit too close to home?
Anne L. Boedecker, PhD