Chandler selected as NH House Minority Leader
CONCORD - State Rep. Gene Chandler was selected in a House Republican caucus on Thursday to serve as the House Minority Leader for the 2013-14 session.
Chandler, a Republican from Bartlett serving District 1 in Carroll County, currently is the Speaker Pro Tempore. Republicans lost the House majority in this month's election, but Chandler held his seat and was elected to serve a 14th term in the House.
'I'm honored to have my Republican colleagues give me their support as Leader. Today, we begin our efforts to restore our majority in the House by delivering the Republican message of economic opportunity and job creation through lowering the burden of taxes and regulation,' Chandler said in a statement.
His selection was criticized by New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley, who said in a statement that Chandler is a 'loyal ally of the Tea Party and (House Speaker William) O'Brien.
'Voters want a return to common-sense problem solving in Concord and to move away from the divisive tactics and extreme agenda of the last two years. With the election of Gene Chandler however, the Republican minority has shown that they are still unwilling to waiver from the radical and extreme policies and tactics that lost them their majority, hurt New Hampshire's economy and left our middle class behind,' Buckley said.
Chandler said he 'won't rest' until anyone who wants a job can find one in New Hampshire.
'That cannot mean a return to the days of massive tax and fee increases on the backs of the working families and employers of the state. We also need to make sure that we have a budget that is balanced and relies on realistic revenue projections,' he said.