(A look at Rep. Tasker in action, testifying before a House committee. Marvel at how well prepared he is as the lead sponsor for a bill to decriminalize marijuana.)
NH State Rep. Kyle Tasker was first elected in 2010, when the noxious red tide swept our state, and the NH GOP ceded control of their party to the Bircher, Bagger, Free Stater faction. Tasker represents Rockingham County District 2: the towns of Candia, Deerfield, and Nottingham.
Young Mr. Tasker set himself apart from the pack very quickly. In 2011 he got into some trouble for some comments he made on a Facebook page:
Tasker questioned whether police should have any more right than a law-abiding individual to point a gun at someone.
“When a police officer points his firearm that’s not gonna make me feel threatened? If I’ve been trained to respond to that with force am I justified in blowing a cop away because I’m quicker on the draw, and he already pointed his firearm at me?” Tasker posted.
“Police are just citizens with badges and all laws should apply equally.”
Within an hour of the leak, Tasker issued a statement explaining himself.
“A number of people, as part of an intellectual discussion on SB 88 raised hypothetical questions on how this law would be interpreted,” Tasker wrote.
“I used one example that involved police to try to make a point and get a greater understanding of how the changes proposed in SB 88 would affect state law. In no way do I endorse shooting of police officers or anything but following the lawful orders of the police and to suggest otherwise is a clear misinterpretation of my intent.”
Anyone who believes that Kyle Tasker was part of an intellectual discussion has never met Kyle Tasker.
In the second year of his term, Rep. Tasker went on to distinguish himself even further; this time making national news:
The story I heard from folks who were at the House that day was that Tasker was playing quickdraw out in the hall with buddies, which is why his holster wasn't properly snapped shut. As for me, I wonder how Nottingham has kept their enormous violent crime stats a secret. Clearly Rep. Tasker lives in terrible fear every day - a fear so great that he carries not one but 2 handguns.
Somehow, Rep. Tasker won a second term.
This year, he's distinguished himself anew, as we learn from Miscellany Blue. Tasker posted a video on his FB page by a conservative black commentator who has made a name for himself by bashing black folks. The video led to this exchange with one of his fellow intellectuals, Rep. John Burt:
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It's good to see that Rep. Tasker is hale and hearty enough to be posting offensively on Facebook. Given his spotty voting record this session, one might have concluded that he was in ill health.
The House Republicans have called for an inordinate amount of roll call votes this session. Their strategy was to use those votes on people they want to oust from office. What they didn't appear to think about was that all those votes/nonvotes on the record are fodder for people like me. Thanks, NH GOP!
Rep. Tasker hasn't cast a roll call vote in the NH House since April 3.
On January 2, there were 5 roll call votes. Tasker didn't participate in one.
On January 30, there were 8 roll call votes. Tasker didn't vote twice.
On February 6, there were 5 roll call votes. Tasker didn't vote once.
On February 13, there were 6 roll call votes. Tasker didn't vote twice.
On March 6, there were 12 roll call votes. Tasker didn't vote 8 times.
On March 13, there were 14 roll call votes. Taskwer didn't vote 12 times.
On March 20, there were 13 roll call votes. Tasker didn't vote 7 times.
On March 21, there were 16 roll call votes. Tasker didn't vote 7 times.
On April 3, there were 21 roll call votes. Tasker didn't vote 16 times.
That was the last time a recorded vote shows up for Representative Tasker. He missed theApril 24, May 8, May 22 (lead sinkers!), May 29, and June 5 voting sessions. On June 5 there were 20 roll call votes.
Now, I'd be the last person to complain about Kyle Tasker not voting. I wish more of the freedumb and libertea crowd would follow his example.
The voters of Rockingham District 2 might feel a bit differently.
To access roll call votes, go to the NH General Court website. On the right side of the page is a section labeled State Legislation Dashboard. Click on the link to voting records. Here you have the option of searching the House or Senate. Click on House 2013, and hit search. The screen that comes up next gives you the House roster. Click on any representative's name, and you will see their voting record on all roll call votes thus far this year.