Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Take Off Your NH House Name Badge Before You Go Drinkin'
This is NH State Representative James Spillane. He represents the towns of Deerfield, Candia, and Nottingham. He uses this photo on the NH General Court website. Note the giant badge affixed to his chest - you'll be seeing it again.
He had a spot of legal trouble in 2010, when he was chair of the Deerfield Town Budget Committee.
On March 12, 2010, Deerfield police received a call from a resident reporting a driver who drove away after “swerving all over the road” and crashing into his mailbox. As investigators followed tire tracks from the scene of the accident to a house on Swamp Road, a second 911 call came in from a woman at the same address who said her husband had just tried to kill her.
Police officers arrested Spillane on the scene and confiscated 20 guns from the house under a provision of state law that authorizes seizure if officers have probable cause to believe an act of domestic violence has occurred. Spillane’s wife declined the officers’ offer to seek a protective order.
Read the whole story at Miscellany Blue .
This being NH, and Spillane being a Republican, this did not end his political career. He ran for the NH House in 2014, and is currently serving his third term.
This is Representative Spillane on May 4, wearing that same giant state rep. badge he's wearing in the photo at the top of the page. This time, though - the photo is a mug shot.
Spillane was arrested on May 4 for DUI and having an open container.
Concord Monitor Story.
A teeensy little no photo story in the NH GOP propaganda arm, known as the Union Leader. It's almost as if they didn't want you to even notice. From the front page of the website:
The House was in session on May 4, so obviously Spillane went out drinking at some point during the day, while wearing his giant state rep. badge. (Maybe all that metal pinned on his jacket weighed him down so much he failed the field sobriety test?)
He posted photos of the after session frivolity on instagram and twitter. Since the story broke, and people started spreading those photos around, he's made his twitter feed private, and made his instagram account inaccessible. Too late.
Here he is - (before the mugshot) next to Rape-resentative Robert Fisher of Red Pill fame. Five Things to Know About GOP Rep. Robert Fisher- Miscellany Blue
Fisher appears to have been smart enough to remove his House badge. Then again, under the circumstances, he probably didn't want anyone to know who he was, given that he's about as popular as chlamydia right now.
Pro-tip: Next time, don't go out boozing while wearing your dinner plate sized name tag.
At least he won't be driving for a while. Oh, and there's this, from the NH Legislative Handbook: