Rep. Laura Pantelakos (D-Portsmouth) has been serving in the New Hampshire House since 1978. In 32 years as a State Representative, she has seen it all. But, as she writes in a fiery letter to the editor, she has never seen anything like the antics of the current House leadership.
I have been elected to the General Court for 17 terms. I have never until this year felt such a combative group of people in the House of Representatives. The speaker is very rude to people; the new members are rude. Always before, there was a two-party system. The speaker talked to the other party. That does not happen this year. They say we have the votes, we will do it our way. I continuously read e-mails about the union thugs. Well, I will tell you the thugs were in the General Court.
[T]he House of Representatives is now controlled by a dictator and his henchmen. The kind of man who takes a woman into a room and screams at her so bad he brought her to tears — all because she brought in an amendment to put back some of the programs for the poor and elderly. … Not allowing a representative of your own party to propose amendments that they believe in certainly lends itself to a dictatorship, in my opinion. “My way or no way” is his motto. He is the speaker of the House, and for that reason I have to respect his position as speaker. However, I could never respect him as a man.