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Don't let 'Bully' O'Brien win

Last modified: 5/15/2011 12:00:00 AM
House Speaker 'Bully' O'Brien and the rest of the majority leadership apparently realize they can't win their war against the middle class solely by lying about the merits of legislation.

As the recent House vote on the so-called right-to-work bill shows, Bully's Backroom Boys have less support than they need to override the governor's veto.

So what is O'Brien doing? He's turning this vote into a referendum against Gov. John Lynch. They do not care that this legislation would set working families back to pre-recession times (and I'm talking about my grandfather's Great Depression). They don't care that not one business has called for this legislation. They don't care that this law would reduce the income of all workers in the state, union and nonunion, while increasing corporate profits.

They couldn't win based on the lies they spread through the lobbyists from Virginia and funding from the Koch brothers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. So now they are pressuring honorable, mainstream Republicans who stood up and represented their constituents by voting Nay.

Just last month conservative Republican Gov. Paul LePage of Maine held New Hampshire up as a glowing example of a positive business climate! Why would we want to change a system that works so well?

To those moderate Republicans being called to the 'Bully' pulpit, listen to what your constituents are saying. Don't succumb to the schoolyard bully. Vote to sustain the lives of New Hampshire families now and into the future, and vote to sustain the governor's veto.




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