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BOUNDARY LINES: Former House Speaker and current Minority Leader Terie Norelli wants more information from O'Brien and Bettencourt about the political work of Bob Mead when he worked for the Legislature.
Mead recently resigned after the Concord Monitor newspaper reported he was reimbursed $456 by taxpayers for driving to and from political events where he recruited candidates to run for the House.
In an email to O'Brien and Bettencourt, Norelli cites Friday's NH Union Leader story on House officials approving the voucher for Mead.
“The people of New Hampshire deserve to know whether they were funding a state employee to recruit and train Republican House candidates.
This article again raises the question of what Bob Mead was actually doing for his taxpayer-funded salary and whether he received comp time, in addition to his mileage reimbursements, for his attendance at Republican committee events outside the normal work week,” Norelli writes. “Charging taxpayers for Republican political recruitment is an abuse of the public trust and of taxpayers' money. Republican leadership's attempt to mislead the public about their knowledge of Mr. Mead's activities is disingenuous at best. The people of New Hampshire deserve a full explanation for these events and leaders who take responsibility for their actions.”
House Chief of Staff Greg Moore said House leadership was too busy with conference committees to comment on Norelli's email.
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