HOUSE DEMOCRATS QUESTION QUALIFICATION TO SERVE OF 6 REPUBLICANS WHO DECLARED THE NOVEMBER ELECTION

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – January 6, 2021, House Democrats made a motion to refer the question of the qualification to serve of 6 representatives who signed a petition declaring the November election void to the subcommittee on elections of the Legislative Administration Committee. Speaker of the House Sherman Packard ruled the motion not in order. After a vote to challenge the ruling of the chair failed, House Democratic Leader Rep. Renny Cushing (D-Hampton) released the following statement:


“Last month, a group of 6 House Republicans delivered a petition to the Secretary of State declaring the November election, during which they were all duly elected to serve their constituencies, void and illegitimate. It goes without saying that this action calls into question the qualification of these representatives to serve the people of New Hampshire adequately and ethically. When sworn in, members take an oath to ‘bear faith and true allegiance to the state of New Hampshire and support the constitution,’ a notion in clear opposition to declaring a free and fair election as fraudulent. Granite Staters, who trust public officials to put partisanship and conspiracy aside to serve the state, deserve better. The Republican caucus may refuse to question the qualification of those that signed this petition, but we will not.”

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