Writing in the Portsmouth Herald, Joey Cresta quotes “politicians from both sides of the aisle” who call the scandal surrounding House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt’s sudden resignation ”the latest crack in the crumbling facade of the GOP in the Granite State.”
GOP Rep. Brian Murphy claims the scandal will not have a negative impact on Republican fortunes in November. The record of legislation passed by the GOP majority, he says, should “speak louder and longer” to voters than Bettencourt’s resignation.
In an online comment, former Rep. Jim Splaine agrees:
Interesting observation. Because yes, he’s right — the legislation that the Republicans tried to push during the past two years should speak loud — it is that legislation, such as trying to repeal marriage equality, pushing so-called right-to-work laws, destroying public education and our college system, removing important environmental and consumer and employee regulations over businesses and corporations, cutting help to cities and towns, having a war on women’s equality, eliminating the minimum wage — THAT is why Republicans in the legislature should be replaced.