CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, Rep. Ken Weyler (R-Kingston) resigned from is position as the Chair of the Joint Fiscal and Finance Committees. In response to the news, House Democratic Leader Rep. Renny Cushing (D-Hampton) released the following statement:
“Representative Weyler’s resignation from Chair of the House Finance and Joint Fiscal Committees is long overdue. While New Hampshire remains the least vaccinated state in New England, under Weyler’s direction the Joint Fiscal Committee has delayed acceptance of $27 million in federal funds critical to increasing vaccine availability. I called on Speaker Packard to remove Weyler from leadership weeks ago because of his inappropriate conduct toward DHHS employees.
While his resignation cites that he only meant to send the first dozen pages to the committee, one can see that just a few sentences in, the report refers to COVID vaccines as the ‘greatest mass murder in history.’ The harm in sharing and legitimizing this document from a leader cannot be undone.”
Senate Democratic Leader Donna Soucy (D-Manchester) and Deputy Senate Democratic Leader Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) added:
“It is long past time that Representative Weyler steps down from his position as Chairman of the House Finance Committee and Joint Fiscal Committee. His efforts to spread dangerous conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 vaccine have done nothing but sow distrust in our medical professionals and caused further delays in the state’s vaccination efforts. Moving forward, we would hope that Speaker Packard would publicly denounce and reprimand such harmful actions rather than allowing them to fester and embarrass New Hampshire on the national stage.”