NH State Rep. Don Leeman of Rochester, NH (h/t miscellany blue for photo)
After the NH Primary, there was a small, quiet story in the news. From Fosters:
A local state representative’s voting location has sparked an investigation from the state’s Attorney General.
Deputy Secretary of State Dave Scanlan confirmed on Wednesday that the Attorney General’s office is looking into whether State Rep. Don Leeman, R-Rochester, violated any state laws by voting in the recent N.H. presidential primary election in a district in which he is temporarily no longer living.Also:
Scanlan said a person intentionally voting in the wrong polling place faces a “range of potential ramifications, anything from civil fine to criminal prosecution.”
This wasn't a big story. You didn't see it splashed across the front page of the UL. You didn't see it covered on WMUR. When a Republican State Representative commits voter fraud, the NH media is silent.
Some of the bills Don Leeman sponsored this session:
HB 1425 restricting the use of food stamps in convenience stores. He wanted to allow only milk to be purchased in convenience stores with SNAP benefits. He told the committee he thinks people could get more for their money at supermarkets. No word on whether he was planning to give them rides.
HB 1542 Requiring drug testing of public assistance recipients. Because obviously, anyone receiving public assistance is on drugs. As we all know, this has cost other states a fortune, and saved them nothing.
HB 1629 Disqualifying members of certain groups from receiving public assistance. This would add a checkbox to forms so that people who are members of foreign terrorist groups could self-sort themselves out of getting any kind of public assistance in the US. It also provided a helpful "fink" provision that would enable residents to turn in anyone they thought was a terrorist, and potentially get a reward.
It seems Leeman was deeply concerned with uncovering fraud. Except, of course, when he was committing it himself. Then it was justified. Leeman should be charged with election fraud, and voter fraud.
He is now on the verge of being a former State Representative. The House Legislative Administration Committee has made this determination:
The committee, as part of this report undertook to answer two questions. 1) Is the member an inhabitant of the district to which he was elected? 2) Is the member qualified to continue to represent the district to which he was elected? The committee agreed, unanimously, that the answer to both questions was no. Representative Leeman can no longer serve as a member of the New Hampshire House because he has constitutionally disqualified himself.
All of this without a whisper from the NH media.
According to Fosters today:
A resolution? He moved out of his district, then voted in it anyway in an attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of his constituents, so he could keep his seat.
If they vote to keep him, the NH GOP should STFU about voter fraud, now and forever.