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BREAKING: Bragdon to step down as N.H. Senate president amid controversy over LGC job

Senate President Peter Bragdon spoke to the editorial board on Thursday, April 28, 2011.<br/> <br/>(Neil Blake/Monitor Staff)

Senate President Peter Bragdon spoke to the editorial board on Thursday, April 28, 2011.

(Neil Blake/Monitor Staff)

Peter Bragdon will step down as president of the state Senate, he announced today, just three days after he was hired as the new executive director of the Local Government Center.

Bragdon, a Milford Republican, will retain his Senate seat.

His hiring at the Concord-based LGC, which is locked in a long-running battle with state regulators, was announced Tuesday morning. Democrats, state regulators and some Republicans were instantly critical of the move, calling it a serious potential conflict of interest.

“Though I initially presumed that any potential conflicts I might face due to my employment would be similar to those of any other senator or representative, given New Hampshire’s volunteer Legislature, I have come to see the merit in arguments that the position of Senate president presents many greater challenges,” Bragdon said in a news release shortly before noon. “Though I have promised to recuse myself from even the most seemingly mundane administrative tasks if a conflict arose, I do realize the perception of impropriety could still exist and could tarnish the reputation of the Senate.”

Bragdon said he’ll call the Senate into session sometime shortly after Labor Day so he can step down as president and allow the Senate, which has a 13-11 Republican majority, to elect a new president.

“While I do not want this issue to linger any longer than necessary, I also believe it is important to give all 24 senators a fair opportunity to attend this session if they want to,” he said in the statement. “Assuming I can reach all the senators reasonably quickly, I hope to announce a date for a senate session by the end of next week.”

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For complete coverage of this story, see tomorrow’s Monitor.

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or bleubsdorf@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @BenLeubsdorf.)

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Senator Bragdon is well respected by Democrats and Republicans alike. If anyone was to receive the benefit of the doubt, it would be Peter. If we disregard history, we are doomed to forget what the people and colleagues would not tolerate. This error in judgment is one of those. Best of luck , Peter. I hope you would see why these two offices, even a plain senator and former senate president, and executive director of LGC, would be incompatible. Party affiliation has nothing to do with it, it's bout the legal troubles, the influence level and the economic status of LGC and its present dependence on the actions of all three branches. Everyone knows the "opportunities" which present themselves when you have some influence in the government apparatus. Some give in to the seduction, Peter Bragdon should not.

He is the Article 49 next in command as governor and so ought to resign immediately!

Does he really believe that the 2 are separate and have no bearing on each other. Let's think for a minute, he is going to lead a less than honorable company. Any decision will always be suspect. Me i don't trust him. Maybe he's a slow learner and in a while will realize that the 2 are positions do cause a conflict of interest.

Peter you are doing the right thing. Good luck in your new job and thank you for your service to the people of NH, even though I did not always agree with you.

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