Should Nashua Have a Seat?


In a post below titled Defend This the author Steve MacDonald has an issue with Rep. Murtha’s handing of legislative procedure. It’s a fair argument but if the facts ever pan out I think this will cast a different light on this whole matter and thus showing that the political and legislative process despite its surface flaws is a system that works.

At least this is my theory. The facts haven't surfaced yet.

This leads me to an experience I had in the NH House. The Speaker of the House was Rep. Harold Burns and at the end of a long day of legislative pushing and pulling a legislator whom I can’t now name requested personal privilege and it was granted by the chair. And it was a political question:

“Why doesn’t Nashua have a seat on the Finance Committee?” The legislator asked. And the experienced Speaker responded to this question by saying, “The chair would state that my door is always open.”

This question does have merit. Nashua is a large city, and at this time had no representation on this powerful committee while every other major metropolitan area did have at least one representative on the committee be this Republican or Democrat. Rep. David Alkonouis would later state that he represents Hudson and was then a vice chair of this powerful committee. I’m not sure if this statement qualifies as an answer to this question.  It might.

Should Nashua have a seat?

Clearly this is a large metropolitan area should they not have a voice on the most important committee in the House? I’d make the argument that the most qualified representatives should be appointed to this committee but at this time, and even today, I don’t believe the qualification arguement holds. Consider the amt. of representatives that were quickly removed from finance once Rep. Donna Sytek became Speaker of the House. One of  the first removed was Rep. Paul Lamont, a longtime legislator from Haverhill and also Chairman of the Grafton County Delegation of which I served. Honesty, I was never impressed with the performance of Rep. Lamont in any capacity, sure he had been around for a long time but I never saw any evidence that he had any real experience with finance, budgets, accounting and the skills needed to run a multi-million dollar operation(s) at the county and state level.  

So, on this basis should Nashua still have a seat?

I don’t know the answer to this question. Perhaps the political process actually works the best. Support the Speaker and the reward is a powerful committee assignment.

Rep. Murtha has a powerful committee assignment. As seen on C-SPAN.


Source:  Muse “Uprising.”