House Declines to Refer Rep. Rogers to Legislative Admin Committee

by Ellen Kolb

nh-houseThe New Hampshire House on Tuesday rejected (on a 99-222 vote) a motion to refer Rep. Katherine Rogers (D-Concord) to the Legislative Administration Committee on the grounds of her recent guilty plea to an assault charge. Rogers admitted to assaulting Susan Olsen during a ballot recount in November 2016. (See Steve MacDonald’s December 22 post.)

The Legislative Administration committee would have had the power to recommend reprimand, censure, expulsion from the House, or no action on the grounds of Rogers’s recent guilty plea.

During debate on the motion, Rep. Steve Shurtleff (D-Concord) said his concern was “this body,” the House. Of referring representatives to Legislative Administration, he said, “I don’t believe this body should get involved in those kinds of actions. There are other methods of dealing with those infractions. Don’t go down the slippery slope of saying ‘gotcha.’ We’re better than that.”

The defeat of this morning’s motion apparently rules out future House action relative to the assault committed by Rogers. The vote was not a roll call, eliminating accountability for any specific representatives’ vote.



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  • Susan

    If it had been a man who had struck me instead of a woman, perhaps the outcome might have been different.

    • Kathleen LaBonte

      Especially, and most likely only if that man was a true Republican versus a RINO. Of course we know true Republican’s would never strike anyone, so chances are Susan the Dem’s would hide behind the red hooded capes they are all starting to wear.

      I just can’t believe even here in NH that is how the vote went. Very discouraging as to the character of those enacting laws over you and me.

  • Kathleen LaBonte

    Thank you Ellen for this blog and update.

  • Don

    Fools, if a Republican had committed such a reprehensible act Democrats wouldn’t hesitate to use it against them!

  • mrwonderful

    Hmmmm . . . so will this empower her even more to stick to her guns and keep her seat?

    • Ed Naile

      Of course it will.
      What else would she do?

      • mrwonderful

        I wish she’d step down, that’s what. I don’t care who else is running against her next time, I’m not voting for her again.

  • tom ploszaj

    I have not kept abreast of this issue and there may have been a good reason for the lopsided vote but IMHO, Typical NH Politics. Bullies always ganging up on the timid (Donkey, RINO, Elephant).

  • Jim Johnson

    So Rep. Shurtleff (D-Concord) does not feel it’s the representatives job to recommend Katherine Rogers (D-Concord) to the Legislative Administration for review of her guilty plea for the assault on Susan Olsen a (gun rights advocate).
    If it’s not the job of the legislators to refer a legislative member who attacked a law-abiding citizen, to the Legislative Administration whose job is it is it? The fact the Susan Olsen is well-known for her advocacy on behalf of the second amendment raises serious questions as to Rogers intent and mental state.
    Shurtleff is wrong his statement is purposely vague and quite frankly dismissive of the publics’ concerns that legislators take serious personal political matters seriously (in this case an assault). Make no mistake the victims advocacy on behalf of the 2nd Amendment is pertinent towards intent? There is no slippery slope here the assault happened! There is no ‘gotcha’ moment, Rogers plead guilty! “…We’re better than that.” No sir, you and the other legislators that voted in favor of Katherine Rogers, are not better than anyone!

  • 175jfs

    Wait until its a Republican or until a Democrat goes off their meds.

  • mrwonderful

    Alright so here’s what I don’t understand. The NH legislature has a Republican majority right now. Rogers is a liberal Democrat. How did they let her get away with this? I can’t believe a Republican majority let her get away with this. Unless . . . they did it because if they’d agreed to refer her then they’d have a harder time refusing to refer Republican reps when they get caught doing something they shouldn’t be. Perhaps they know something we don’t?

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