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Tuesday
Nov272012

Transgender Lawmaker Also a Convicted Felon, Asked to Resign

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Republicans in New Hampshire’s state legislature have called for the first elected transgender official in the state -- and the nation -- to step down in light of a newspaper article that revealed her criminal past.

Stacie Marie Laughton, a Democrat, made history this month when she was elected to a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives from Hillsborough County, which includes Nashua. But a story in the Laconia Daily Sun revealed that Laughton was a convicted felon who served more than four months in jail for ”conspiracy to commit  credit card fraud” in 2008.

Candidates can run for office in New Hampshire after they’ve been convicted of a felony as long as they are not incarcerated and have completed any court-ordered sentence, according to the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office.

Granite State House Majority Leader Pete Silva, R-Nashua, said Laughton’s failure to inform  Nashua voters about her background before the election was grounds for her resignation, according to the Nashua Patch.

“While I believe in a person’s ability to be rehabilitated and become a productive member of the community, I also believe it is a candidate’s duty to fully disclose their personal history to allow the voters an opportunity to make an informed decision,” Silva wrote in a statement published by the Nashua Patch. “Ms. Laughton failed to give the voters of her district that very basic amount of trust and respect.”

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley disputed whether Laughton needed to resign.

“The outgoing Majority Leader needs to accept the defeat dealt to him on November 6th and come to terms with the fact that he only has two weeks left in office,” Buckley said, according to the Nashua Patch. “The people have spoken and they roundly rejected Bill O'Brien and Pete Silva's extreme agenda and it is now time to move New Hampshire forward, away from their divisive policies and tactics that moved us backwards for two years.

In a letter to the editor from August 2009, when Laughton was running for a city council seat in Laconia, she introduced herself as Stacie and said that after going through “a rocky last couple of years,” she was bringing a new outlook on life to the table.

“I have made mistakes in my personal life, but I have paid my debt to society, and I believe that through that it has made me stronger and it should not damage my ability to be a city counselor,” Laughton wrote. “And I ask the people of Laconia to ask questions to me so that they may know both sides of the story due to the fact that the press likes to tell only one side of what goes on.”

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Republicans in New Hampshire’s state legislature have called for the first elected transgender official in the state – and the nation – to step down in light of a newspaper article that revealed her criminal past.

Stacie Marie Laughton, a Democrat, made history this month when she was elected to a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives from Hillsborough County, which includes Nashua. But a story in the Laconia Daily Sun revealed that Laughton was a convicted felon who served more than four months in jail for ”conspiracy to commit  credit card fraud” in 2008.

Candidates can run for office in New Hampshire after they’ve been convicted of a felony as long as they are not incarcerated and have completed any court-ordered sentence, according to the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office.

Granite State House Majority Leader Pete Silva, R-Nashua, said Laughton’s failure to inform  Nashua voters about her background before the election was grounds for her resignation, according to the Nashua Patch.

“While I believe in a person’s ability to be rehabilitated and become a productive member of the community, I also believe it is a candidate’s duty to fully disclose their personal history to allow the voters an opportunity to make an informed decision,” Silva wrote in a statement published by the Nashua Patch. “Ms. Laughton failed to give the voters of her district that very basic amount of trust and respect.”

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley argued against Republican calls for Laughton’s resignation. 

“The outgoing Majority Leader needs to accept the defeat dealt to him on November 6th and come to terms with the fact that he only has two weeks left in office,” Buckley said, according to the Nashua Patch. “The people have spoken and they roundly rejected Bill O'Brien and Pete Silva's extreme agenda and it is now time to move New Hampshire forward, away from their divisive policies and tactics that moved us backwards for two years.

In a letter to the editor from August 2009, when Laughton was running for a city council seat in Laconia, she introduced herself as Stacie and said that after going through “a rocky last couple of years,” she was bringing a new outlook on life to the table.

“I have made mistakes in my personal life, but I have paid my debt to society, and I believe that through that it has made me stronger and it should not damage my ability to be a city counselor,” Laughton wrote. “And I ask the people of Laconia to ask questions to me so that they may know both sides of the story due to the fact that the press likes to tell only one side of what goes on.”

Saturday
Jul142012

Obama Campaign Defends Rhetoric; Continues Push on Mitt Romney Accounts

Chris Maddaloni/CQ-Roll Call(NEW YORK) -- Obama Campaign spokesperson Jen Psaki on Saturday defended using rhetoric that includes words like “felony” when talking about Mitt Romney.

“Of course the President wants to have a highbrow debate about these policy issues and what the American people actually care about,” Psaki said. “What was said was either [Romney] was misleading the American people, or he was misleading the SEC, which it would be a felony. Nobody — she, Stephanie Cutter did not accuse anybody of taking — of committing a felony. She raised the issue that you can’t have both,” Psaki said, referring to Deputy Campaign Manager Cutter’s comments earlier this week.

“We know that Mitt Romney is leading with his business credentials as his top qualification for being President. And we think that it’s completely justified to raise questions … about why he had an account in Switzerland, why he had investments in the Cayman Islands, what exactly this corporation was in Bermuda,” she continued. “The evidence is mounting. And that’s really what we should be talking about. What is — where are Mitt Romney’s investments? What is the truth? Why can’t we have more details?”

When a reporter pressed: “But that doesn’t define a highbrow debate, does it?’

Psaki replied, “Those are raising questions about the qualifications he is putting forward of why he should be president.”

Psaki made the remarks to reporters traveling on Air Force One to Richmond, Va., where President Obama continued his two day campaign swing through the battleground state.

She also used a laptop to screen the Obama campaigns latest web ad for the handful of press traveling on the president’s plane.

The ad, titled “Mitt Romney Asking For Apologies While Launching Attacks,” calls out Romney for attacking Obama – and uses Newt Gingrich attacking Mitt Romney. Psaki said the web ad would be spread by social media.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney took one question on Syria and reported that UN staff were blocked from rescuing civilians by Bashar al-Assad’s government forces.

Carney said he couldn’t confirm the report but added: “It’s just another indication of how, no matter what he says and no matter what promises he makes, we have to see what he does and judge him by his actions, and thus far his actions have been revolting and heinous. And it’s just another indication of why the international community needs to unify behind the proposition that a transition in Syria needs to take place without Assad in power.”

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