What a Speaker is Not

Art. 41. [Governor, Supreme Executive Magistrate.] There shall be a supreme executive magistrate, who shall be styled the Governor of the State of New Hampshire, and whose title shall be His Excellency. The executive power of the state is vested in the governor. The governor shall be responsible for the faithful execution of the laws.

William O’Brien’s latest ego trip and publicity stunt is a letter calling on every department head to file a report with him on any relatives working in their agency.

This is not a letter to the Governor, asking for a report on Executive departments. It is a letter that bypasses him, and demands that department heads take direction from O’Brien instead.

O’Brien is the sort of tyrannical creep the Founders worried about:

[Art.] 37. [Separation of Powers.] In the government of this state, the three essential powers thereof, to wit, the legislative, executive, and judicial, ought to be kept as separate from, and independent of, each other, as the nature of a free government will admit, or as is consistent with that chain of connection that binds the whole fabric of the constitution in one indissoluble bond of union and amity.

June 2, 1784

8 Responses to What a Speaker is Not

  1. GreyMike July 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    challenged his authority to do this (other than you, elwood)?

    I find this current witch hunt particularly disingenuous, considering the position of Mrs. Bettencourt, for example.

    Well, I suppose she wasn’t actually a relative of DJ’s when she started the job…

    One certainly can’t accuse the Speakah of lacking self-confidence, but it’s almost like he’s trying to make certain that he’s out of a job come November.

  2. hannah July 19, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    Someone really should tell candidates for public office that, as office holders, they will have less authority than the citizens who rule, not more.
    That, after all, is why inconvenient citizens are urged to run for public office by bureaucrats who want to get them out of their hair.
    “Limited government” does not mean fewer obligations; it means less power. What an ordinary citizen can demand to know, is considered interference when it comes from a public official, unless he’s empowered to schedule a hearing and make an official request, with justification, for the information. Even then, if the information is not readily available — i.e. compiled as a matter of routine — a separate authorization and appropriation may be required to collect it.

  3. mevansnh July 20, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    the other day, my first thought…why would the speaker be seeking these reports.  Isn’t it the role of the governor to request such reports?  I’m glad I’m not the only one who questioned this in his mind.  Thanks, Elwood.

  4. tchair July 20, 2012 at 5:27 am #

    A small limited speakah……Oh…Wait



  5. Lucy Weber July 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    In a Bedford Patch article today, the Speaker continues his attack on the Concord Monitor, conveniently neglecting to mention the number of times the Monitor published op-eds written or co-written by the Speaker himself, and the many other ones written by members of his leadership team.

    According to the story, he also trotted out his Saul-Alinsky-as-Democrat-mentor rant.

    “It wasn’t just the cartoon. What has become apparent is that they have a political agenda and it maps very neatly with what the Democrat agenda is, to distract people from the issues, to talk process, to talk personality, to implement Saul Alinsky’s Rule No. 5, which is to demonize and marginalize the leadership of the opposition,” said O’Brien.

    For the record, I had never even heard of Saul Alinsky until I heard the Speaker launch this accusation at a young constituent of his at a Town Hall meeting.  And to this day , everything I know about Alinsky comes from the Speaker.  On that basis, I can attest, that before he became Speaker, Representative O’Brien used the tactics he now complains of continuously in the Judiciary Committee in the 2009-2010 legislative term.

  6. xteeth July 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    and the governor just isn’t doing that. If a day goes by when citizens are left alone to do their own desires, evil must be rampant and the slippery slope of individual initiative must be dying.  

  7. michael57 July 21, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    Whenever anyone these days starts talking about Saul Alinsky, you know it’s tinfoil hat time. When it’s the Speaker of the House, you know it’s time for a new Speaker.

    I’m surprised that O’Brien hasn’t also taken a page out of Bachmann’s book and started pursuing the Islamic extremists at the Monitor, what with all their Daily Deals to impose Sharia Law and such.

    • Lucy Weber July 22, 2012 at 5:49 am #

      In 2009, I sponsored a bill to amend our statue about who may officiate at marriages in NH.  It would have eliminated references to “ministers of the gospel” and would have made it explicit that members of all faith traditions could solemnize marriage in accordance with their teachings and have those marriages recognized by the State of NH.  Rep. O’Brien then accused me of trying to introduce Shari’a law into NH.

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