Letter: Representative has repudiated his oath

Published: 1/16/2021 12:01:54 AM

Rep. Raymond Howard Jr., Belknap County District 8 (Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton), took an oath of office as follows:

I, . . . do solemnly swear, that I will bear faith and true allegiance to the United States of America and the State of New Hampshire, and will support the Constitution thereof. So help me God.

I, . . . do solemnly and sincerely swear and affirm that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all duties incumbent on me as . . ., according to the best of my abilities, agreeably to the rules and regulations of this Constitution and laws of the State of New Hampshire. So help me God.

Howard has become a member of a group that has served the State of New Hampshire with a “Termination of office of the ‘state’.” The signers declare in the document that they are “Absolved of all allegiance to the statutory ‘state’ of New Hampshire and all political connection between the Citizens of the State of New Hampshire and the ‘state’ is and ought to be totally dissolved.”

As a signatory to this document, Howard has repudiated his oath of office, thereby disqualifying himself from serving. His repudiation of his oath, which is a requirement of the office, constitutes a resignation from the position as representative. A special election must be scheduled so that the voters of this district might choose a representative who will abide by the required oath of office.

After last week’s horrible events in Washington, D.C., the insurrectionary tone of this document is very ominous.

LEW HENRY

Gilmanton

ROB WRIGHT

Alton

KATHY PRESTON

Barnstead




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