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February 06. 2014 9:20PM

Nashua alderman says state rep should step down in wake of duck incident


David Campbell, D-Nashua 

NASHUA — One day after a city police commissioner resigned from his position, a local alderman says state Rep. David Campbell should also step down.

Alderman Ken Siegel, Ward 9, told the New Hampshire Union Leader on Thursday that Campbell, D-Nashua, should follow in his friend's footsteps and resign in light of the recent duck scandal.

"His actions were not appropriate, and it goes beyond just the killing of the ducks," Siegel said of Campbell. "This is not about the ducks anymore."

Campbell has repeatedly apologized for killing five ducks when he ran them over with his vehicle Dec. 23, 2013, outside of the Crowne Plaza hotel after having a few drinks. Although the state Attorney General's Office is still investigating the incident, Campbell has already pleaded no contest to a charge of illegal taking of waterfowl, paid a fine and made a donation to New Hampshire Audubon.

"I think Rep. Campbell is ethically challenged at this point," said Siegel, noting Campbell's good friend and attorney — Nashua Police Commissioner Thomas Pappas — resigned Wednesday because of his involvement with the duck case.

Pappas apologized this week for his role in the matter. After a hotel manager described Campbell as "drunk" following the accident, Pappas picked up Campbell from the hotel and later called the police department requesting that his friend be brought in for questioning the following morning.

"I think Commissioner Pappas, by everybody's account, was a very good commissioner, but he did the right thing by resigning," said Siegel.

Siegel said that while Pappas, former chairman of the Nashua Police Commission, is taking the fall for his involvement, he questions why Campbell is not speaking out about the controversial matter.

"I find it troubling that Pappas had to resign over this while Campbell remains strangely silent," added Siegel.

Campbell has not returned emails or phone calls from the Union Leader seeking comment.

Attorney General Joseph Foster said recently that his department is reviewing the circumstances. Police Chief John Seusing said earlier that Pappas' involvement in the duck incident did not influence the police investigation."I continue to be extremely sorry and take full responsibility for causing the death of five ducks …," Campbell said in a previous statement. "My actions were unintentional, yet hurtful. … I apologize and ask forgiveness from those I have offended, and from others that may judge me solely on the basis of this very unfortunate accident."

khoughton@newstote.com


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