By Matt Murray
For the www.nhlabornews.com
Very early this morning I released a post titled, "Breaking News: REP Bettencourt To Resign on June 6th". While everything I said in that post was and still is accurate new more shocking information has just come out as to the real reasons why DJ Bettencourt is resigning his position.
While Mr Bettencourt's statement says that he is resigning because:
"I’m getting married next week and I am at a point in my life where my family should and needs to be my first priority. It is also critical that I am able to focus my full attention on my role as Executive Director of the New Hampshire Legal Rights Foundation."
"House rep says Bettencourt resigning over fabricated internship reports"(UL)
The truth of the matter has come out! According to the news report from the NH Union Leader "Mr. Bettencourt agreed to resign after he admitted fabricating reports for a law school internship, according to the House Republican who was mentoring him". The House Republican who was mentoring Mr. Bettencourt was none other that Chichester Attorney and State Rep Brandon Guida. Guida allowed Bettencourt to complete his mandatory internship with his law firm. The Union Leader report further details that "Guida said Bettencourt only showed up at his office for one day, "where he did approximately one hour of legal work." He (Guida) later discovered that Bettencourt had submitted "extremely detailed" reports about that internship, including court hearings he supposedly attended, cases he worked on and interviews with clients."
So now we know the real reason why Mr. Bettencourt is leaving his position as State Rep. He lied and cheated his way through UNH Law School. He even went as far as to post on his Facebook Page that he graduated from the UNH Law School. (You can see the picture on the Union Leader Webpage.) The Union Leader continues their report: "When he confronted Bettencourt, Giuda said, "he confessed to me that he made up these reports." And according to Giuda, in a meeting Friday with House Speaker William O'Brien and Giuda, Bettencourt agreed he would report to the law school what he had done and announce that he was resigning because of "some personal problems that he had to deal with. "Bettencourt did reveal to the Union Leader that he did not officially graduate and that he could not comment on the process of resolving the "dispute" with his falsified documents.
While I do not agree with much of what Rep. Guida says I do agree with his statement in the Union Leader: "D.J. Bettencourt needs to be honest," he said. "He needs to admit that he's lied all along, that he falsified these records, that he dishonored the House. He needs to apologize to the House and the citizens of New Hampshire and he needs to step down now."
If he was willing to purger himself to get his law degree it makes you wonder what other lies he has told? Has he fabricated the truth in our State House? Also, how much did House Speaker O'Brien know about all of this before today? I have no idea, but it does make you wonder and I am sure there will be more to come.