That was the recent quandary facing the NH Legislature on organization day when they had to vote for a speaker. In fact that was the biggest complaint heard from the State Reps that they did not have a real choice. O’Brien cooked his own goose when one of the Billy bots made a motion for a rules change to make the vote for speaker public and not secret. That told those Reps sitting on the fence that the kinder O’Brien was all BS and they voted against him.
The Democrats had plenty of scores to settle with O’Brien, about as many as the Republicans, because of the way he treated them; he treated them as some kind of enemy with a total lack of respect, the same way he treated Republicans that disagreed with him.
Well everyone looking for pay back got it on organization day.
What people seemed to forget is Jasper is no better. He was one of the very few State Reps that Matt and I were not dumb enough to trust. In my opinion Jasper was jealous of Matt who was in leadership, yes, O’Brien’s leadership, and Matt was liked and trusted. I think his sense of humor and honesty was something people respected in the group and he was very easy to talk to. Jasper always had to be the only puppy in the litter which caused frequent disagreements and dissention in fact Jasper was not well liked and was eventually removed from leadership. Jasper made serious and false accusations against Matt, which was proven false, after Matt quit the O’Brien team and refused to go along with Right to Work. The accusation caused serious ripple effects through the house and other than being O’Brien’s lap dog Jasper was persona non grata with many Republicans and most Democrats who couldn’t believe he was such a lying back stabber, this was before he was removed. Well now he is speaker and my suggestion is to hold on to your hat, the ride is just beginning. Although many State Reps were right and there were no alternatives, the house just got sunk to a new low.
The rumors going around are that the Republican establishment was behind O’Brien’s derailment. I heard they were afraid of the damage O’Brien would do and cause them to lose the 2016 elections for their chosen candidates, such as Kelly Ayotte, who poll wise is running neck and neck with Hassan for the US Senate race. The establishment seems to be scared to death about this. Well to the establishment, you just drove another nail into your political agenda; you have a whole new level of enemies out here you didn’t need to have.