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Don't go postal: Up in arms over Portsmouth portraits

December 27. 2017 8:02PM

Photos of the President and vice president were recently hung in the Portsmouth Post Office, but it turns out the local tradition violates federal policy. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent)

Sometimes, the best solution is for everyone to just take a deep breath.

Longtime Republican activist Matt Mayberry raised the alarm last summer when he noticed that the Portsmouth post office had not displayed photos of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, as they had with past administrations.

“I was mad. I was disappointed. The President is the President is the President. I don’t care who it is,” Mayberry said in July.

Had postal workers in the liberal city joined the Resistance, and refused to display Trump’s photo?

Not quite. The Trump administration didn’t release the official photos until late October. When Mayberry complained, there were no pictures to put up yet.

Last week, Mayberry was thrilled when he finally saw Trump and Pence smiling down on his mailbox, but the joy was short-lived.

Portsmouth had apparently been breaking post office policy that bans the display of photographs of elected officials. Postal service spokesman Stephen Doherty says he ordered Portsmouth to take the pictures down earlier this week.

Mayberry plans to start a petition to get the photos back on the wall. Perhaps the President will tweet about it.

Of course, they might have still been up had Mayberry not raised his alarm in the first place. The Portsmouth post office appears to have been violating official postal policy for years, and nobody cared.

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