Bill O’Brien Plotting His Come Back!

O’Brien, GOP Still Supporting Radical Agenda Rejected By Voters; Putting Politics Over Solutions

CONCORD – Republican Representative Bill O’Brien has promised to be the lead sponsor of so-called “Right-To-Work” legislation in the New Hampshire House this session, using the House to play his tired political games and score points for the 2014 election.

In a message to the Washington Post, O’Brien admits that the so-called “right-to-work” legislation, a version of  which has already been vetoed by Governor Lynch, cannot pass the House. He goes on to plainly state that he plans to use the votes to “identify those legislators and legislative candidates who support, and those who oppose, Right to Work legislation” with an eye on targeting them in the 2014 campaign – a campaign nearly 2 years away.

“Bill O’Brien may have lost his majority, his speakership and his credibility in the November elections, but one thing he and the New Hampshire GOP haven’t lost is their obsession with a radical, out-of-touch agenda that has been roundly rejected by Granite State voters,” said Raymond Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. “Once again, Bill O’Brien is using the House of Representatives for political point-scoring, rather than making serious attempts at common-sense solutions to help grow our middle class.”

In an statement given to the Washington Post, and shared via his Facebook page, O’Brien promised to be the lead sponsor of so-called “Right-To-Work” legislation as part of his 2014 re-election strategy.

“O’Brien famously targeted and purged moderate GOP House members in this year’s fall primary for failing to support his radical agenda,” said Buckley.  “Now, nearly two years away from the next election, O’Brien is at it again, using the House to plan his re-election strategy, rather than getting to work finding compromise solutions that will move New Hampshire forward.”

Read O’Brien’s lengthy post here:…

10 Responses to Bill O’Brien Plotting His Come Back!

  1. Putney Swope December 14, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    O’Brien has responded on FB to an article and Tweet that James Pindell has written. The comments are found on James’ FB page.

    In response to James’ article “Mayor Gatsas denied NHGOP spot by his own Manchester GOP” O’Brien wrote “Must be all the up-shifting to the State he has caused since he became Mayor.”

    Ed Mosca commented on the same article “Maybe it was they thought he didn’t show Planned Parenthood enough loving. Somebody who spoke explained to the room that part of the reason Republicans lost was that they didn’t show enough appreciation for all the really good things Planned Parenthood does for the world, which allows the Dems to identify Repubs as knuckle-dragging, gun-toting Neanderthals.

    Responding to James’ Tweet “@SenatorShaheen lands spot on Senate Appropriations Committee #nhpolitics” O’Brien wrote “Given that it has been over three years since the Democrat U.S. Senate last passed a budget and that all she is going to do is vote for every tax increase bill that comes her way, there should not be any heavy lifting there.”

    O’Brien is now irrelevant. However, he should be watched very carefully. I don’t trust him at all.

    • Kathy Sullivan 2 December 14, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

      He’s plotting a comeback. He will be a vocal thorn in the side of everyone. I agree, watch your backs, one and all.  

      • dooper December 19, 2012 at 8:08 am #

        I see a comeback as almost a secondary goal, he’s working on his exit strategy.

        Look, O’Brien made his fortunes elsewhere and at another time. He needs something to do. If the speaker thing didn’t go his way, it’s always been my guess that his exit strategy is to get away from NH for a while and get a gig working for a DC-based think tank.  

  2. mevansnh December 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    determine what bills will be considered and what bills will be ignored?  I can’t see a democratic speaker bringing RTW legislation to the floor.

    • Ray Buckley December 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

      In the NH House any member may file legislation on any subject, each bill must receive a pyblic hearing and nonbinding committee vote, each bill must be brought to the floor for a vote of the House during the year of introduction.

      • Rep. Jim Splaine December 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

        …no matter the powers-who-be of the moment.  New Hampshire got that one right long ago.  

    • MartyInNashua December 14, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

      Speaker Boehner and Leader Reid have absolute discretion on what comes to the floor.

      For our State Legislature, Ray is correct.  Another tidbit is that we don’t permit abstention or voting Present.  If you are in the chamber during a vote, you must vote.

  3. xteeth December 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    It sounds as though he is the only one that wants this horrible stuff. I believe that is factually false and threatening as it assumes star power without the backing that we have all consistently seen in elections. He isn’t embarrassed or shamed by his actions, he thinks that they are right for New Hampshire just as surely as Democrats think theirs are “right.” If you believe that is it just him, you are setting yourself up for incorrectly focused campaigns and continual unhappy surprises. Many in New Hampshire for a huge variety of reasons think that his path is the righteous one.

    • Rep. Jim Splaine December 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

      …Bill O’Brien isn’t alone.  He still represents a large percentage of know-littles.  

      And while we “won” on November 6th, it could be different in 2014 because of the pendulum of politics.  We won’t have Barack Obama and his turnout in 2014.  

      This was shown in 2006 after a strong win by George W. Bush in 2004, with Democrats making a great comeback on a sea change that year.

      And even though in 2010 we were still cresting on the wave of the 2008 election of Barack Obama, things didn’t go so well here, or nationwide.

      Tim, Kathy, and Ray are right that we have to watch our back — answer every one of the “charges” made by our opposition — write letters to the editor — speak with our neighbors — involve our constituencies even if we have to say “no” to them on budget needs — and work ever-so-hard in 2014.  

      Because that election is less than 99 weeks from now.  

  4. hannah December 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    like the idea of being able to tell other people what to do.
    Of course, the use of the word “leaders” when referring to legislators doesn’t help get across the idea that they are hired (though not paid much) to serve. Indeed, it may be the paucity of monetary compensation which reinforces the impression that they are in Concord for the glory and the power, rather than the work.
    The fault lies not entirely, or even mostly, with the states.  It is the Congress which is supposed to manage and disburse our common currency and it is the Congressional habit of rationing the currency and using it to reward the compliant and punish the resistant populace which makes it near impossible for the states to manage.
    The Congress is the original source of money. The argument that it can only appropriate the money that has been sent back after passing through the coffers of the banks is a charade. And the so-called debt ceiling is a farce.
    Though it is consistent with the fact that most members of Congress are really averse to paying debts and “obligation” is unpleasant to their ears.
    Btw, what the absence of a formal budget for three years tells us is that a budget is not necessary for the federal government to do its work. Mostly, the budget is just a vehicle on which Congress critters can heap their druthers and run over their enemies.

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