A strong editorial in today’s Nashua Telegraph on the antics of the O’Brien junta.
The bottom line, of course being:
By telling reporters and others Monday that he didn’t intend to bring Lynch’s veto forward this week, O’Brien may have deprived some lawmakers the opportunity to participate. Of the 397 House members now serving, 39 were absent for a vote that exceeded the two-thirds margin by eight.
What’s worse, the unannounced vote also denied municipal officials – particularly those in communities like Hudson, Manchester and Pelham that share seats – one last opportunity to persuade their lawmakers to sustain the governor’s veto in hopes of a better deal.
Not only did he brush the state constitution aside, like some annoying detritus, he deprived some members of the House from voting. He deprived municipalities from participating. The mayor of Manchester should be furious.
Most grievously of all, (in my opinion, anyhow) in this state with the most representative democracy of all state governments, Speaker O’Brien kept The People from participating. We The People were deliberately not informed that this action was going to take place.
This is unacceptable. So, what happens now? What are we going to do about it?