Flotsam & Jetsam
• Ditto Bill Bartlett leaving state service.
• Did anyone else notice that during his speech against the recommendation to expel Chandler, Majority Leader Michael O’Neill had a heckuva time pronouncing the word “ethics”?
• Maybe more mind-blowing than the “Standing O” for Chandler was the very idea that 86 legislators actually voted against censuring him.
• When will SOMEBODY finally tell Grover Norquist to butt out of New Hampshire politics?
• Senate President Tom Eaton blinked in his attempt to shut certain senators out of the Legislative Budget Assistant loop.
• If you had held your breath waiting for New Hampshire Dems to make political hay out of the Gene Chandler affair, you wouldn’t be able to read this right now.
• By far the best excuse for holding the Chandler expulsion vote right away was Michael O’Neill’s explanation that the House needed to air its dirty laundry before a scheduled visit by the ambassador of Pakistan.
They said it... “Reprimand maybe. Censure-maybe. I have no idea why they chose such severe punishment as expulsion.” — Rep. Harold Crow Dickinson, a key backer of former House Speaker Gene Chandler, puts his finger on the problem: Most of his colleagues had no idea either. “I didn’t know censure meant a standing ovation.” - House Democratic Leader Jim Craig after the representatives who supported Gene Chandler rose to their feet and applauded following the vote to censure, and not expel, him. “Can I tell you how I feel about a cigarette tax? We’re doing that today.” - Sen. Chuck Morse, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, on why he voted against a proposed 28-cent tobacco tax hike, even though it’s the same tobacco tax hike included in the budget that his finance panel approved. “As the mother of five children, I can tell you it took longer than four months to wean them off my body. It’s going to take more than four months for the people of New Hampshire to be weaned off of tokens.” - Executive Councilor Ruth Griffin explains the biological reasons she opposes the Senate’s move to stop accepting coin tokens at tollbooths on Dec. 31.