Scandalous: Update on the Real Reason DJ Bettencourt Is Resigning From His State Rep. Postion!

Rep. Bettencourt Withholds the truth as to why he is resigning his position as State Rep.

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.

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

Keith F Thompson May 27, 2012 at 04:39 PM
First mileagegate, now interngate! It's now past noon, and I wonder if Bettencourt has conceded to Rep. Guida's demands. It's a shame that this story broke over a holiday weekend, blunting the reaction. The intellectual dishonesty required for Bettencourt to attempt this is very telling. More telling will be the moral gymnastics the rest of NH's republican leadership and the conservative/free state blogosphere will go through to dismiss this. Grand prize to the blogger who finds a way to blame President Obama- a free year of chiropractic services. They'll need them.
Keith F Thompson May 27, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Following this on the union leader blue Hampshire blog. This is going to be messy. http://www.bluehampshire.com/diary/14540/union-leader-says-dj-bettencourt
NH Labor News May 27, 2012 at 07:40 PM
JUST a quick update to this post. WMUR Is reporting that DJ has resigned effective immediately. I know this is not the last of DJ Bettencourt! http://www.wmur.com/news/politics/Bettencourt-resigns-amid-law-school-scandal/-/9857748/14236960/-/15aqt82/-/index.html
Bob Samson May 27, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Seeing as how this is a general blog and a phony labor site Hefty salaries, perks for union leaders raise eyebrows Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/05/13/148607/hefty-salaries-perks-for-union.html#storylink=cpy
Keith F Thompson May 27, 2012 at 09:36 PM
No facts to add to the discussion, so you try to pivot to destroy the messenger. Typical. Regardless of the source, is the fact that DJ Bettencourt resigned in dispute? is the reason he resigned in dispute? Any reasonable person can look at the facts and draw their own conclusion. You are trying to draw attention away from that, because the next question is "If he lied about this, what else did he lie about?" and the question after that is "What did Bill O'Brien know and when did he know it?". Given that House Republicans don't want those questions to be the focus, I'm sure one of the usual suspects will start ranting about birth certificates or some such nonsense any minute now.
Don Duston May 28, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Salem needs to stop electing Representatives that just finished high school/college. These kids are not mature enough and have no life experiences. When will the Salem voters learn? Electing these kids may make for a "cute" story but we end up with representatives that are constantly flying by the seat of their pants on issues that cost us lots of tax dollars. Time to wake up and elect ADULTS to these positions.
Bob Samson May 28, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Now this is what I call a real labor news item. It is about 5 being asked to repay 1.5 million in pension payments. http://www.unionleader.com/article/20120526/NEWS06/705279970 The problem with this blog is that the Author has made it a general blog and not one to do with Labor News whatsoever. He covers a wide range of topics. Since he left the door open do not blame me for bringing back actual Real Labor News to it.
NH Labor News May 28, 2012 at 06:07 AM
First of all the article your referencing does not have anything to do with Labor or Unions. It is about people who violated the Law and are being held accountable for their actions. I talk about issues that labor is involved with, Right To Work, Voter ID, Workers Rights and much more. If it involves workers being pushed aside to promote an anti-worker agenda then I talk about it. You are quick to accuse Labor for something bad but you do not talk about all the community service that unions have done. I know of carpenters who donate their time and skills to build houses for habitat for humanity or sheet metal workers who help build houses on their off time. Some unions use their network to push programs like the wounded warrior project. Do not accuse me because we do not agree on the certain issues. This post was about an anti-worker legislator who lied and cheated his way through UNH Law school and was busted by the same State Rep who gave him the internship. Next time bring something that is actually relevant to the post.
NH Labor News May 28, 2012 at 06:08 AM
I agree we need to make sure that the people who vote truly know who they are voting for.
Bruce Toker May 28, 2012 at 12:32 PM
He got caugt and resigned, as he should have. Had he been a leftist democrat, his fellow democrats would have circled the wagons and attacked anyone who requested full disclosure. Just look how the liberal women reacted to Rep. Marzilli's arrest in Lowell a while back. Gave him their "full support" because he "has a sickness that needs to be treated". Alas, the libtards confer "victim status" to a devient that has been sexually assaulting women, solely due to party affiliation. Why not the same sense of "outrage about the UNH proffessor that was waving his genitals at a mother and daughter? Instead if this pervert being locked up, he's still drawing a (big) salary from the taxpayers, while UNH cries poormouth. Couldn't have anything to do with being a liberal democrat, could it?
rick barasso May 28, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Where Bettencourt stood on fraud and accountability: In the end, Government is best when closest to the people and bringing healthcare management back to the state level would ensure more efficiency and promote accountability. D.J. Bettencourt, R-Salem, reads: “This video has placed a shocking exclamation point on the need for immediate reform to New Hampshire’s election laws to ensure that voter fraud does not taint the rights of our citizens to have their votes counted in an honest, responsible way and impact our state. The nation has been horrified by the absurd level of ease of voting illegally here, and we should all be embarrassed that the state has not moved more quickly to fix a gaping hole in our laws." You gotta love it when the sanctimonious fall!
NH Labor News May 28, 2012 at 02:59 PM
@Bruce, I think you are overlooking one key point in this entire issue. You said that if this would have happened to the NH Dems then they would be trying to cover it up. Well that is exactly what Speaker O'Brien tried to do by allowing DJ To resign quietly on a trumped up excuse. As fo the Professor, That issue has nothing to do with anything that I speak about and is not relevant to this either. If I am not mistaken, that case went to court and he was found Not Guilty and was allowed to keep his job. Also the State Senator you are referring to is a MASS State Senator. To which he plead guilty and spent time in a mental hospital prior and after the arrest. It was his lawyer who asked for a reduced sentence due to his mental condition. http://www.wickedlocal.com/medford/news/x446404916/Former-state-rep-Marzilli-arrested-in-Lowell#axzz1wAyhnis5 http://burlington.patch.com/articles/judge-calls-marzillis-behavior-bizarre-orders-three-months-jail-time-2
Oedipus May 28, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Let's hope the voters of Salem and of NH never forget DJ and the little fellers violations of the public trust.
Chris May 28, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Liar and cheat bagger. trying to destroy the middle class, owned by ALEC and pure evil.
Diane T. Padilla May 28, 2012 at 11:09 PM
What does this labor news about hefty salaries, etc. have to do with the Bettencourt matter? How is it germane to this discussion? Diane T. Padilla
Peter North May 29, 2012 at 01:31 AM
@Chris: Yes they are trying to destroy those of us in the middle class! ALEC and the Koch's are working very hard to do so. It is just EVIL
Seamus Carty May 30, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Too bad Bettencourt was not part of a union. They would have made sure he did not lose his job. And he'd have the support of the "NH UNION Labor News Network" blog...
L J May 31, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Write to the UNH School of Law Dir of Marketing and Communications and tell them to Vacate any degree awarded or to be awarded to this undeserving cad. peter.davies@law.unh.edu http://law.unh.edu/contact/
Bruce Toker June 02, 2012 at 03:17 PM
@ NH Labor, the Pervert Professor of UNH was NOT found not guilty, and being the good liberal institutions our universitys are, they didn't consider indecent exposure by a pervert to be "a moral delinquency of a grave order". If your wife and daughter had some pervert expose himself to them for divient sexual arousal, would you not consider it " "a moral delinquency of a grave order"???? Apparently liberals find this behaviour to be the accepted norm for their own.
Bruce Toker June 02, 2012 at 03:34 PM
As soon as NH Labor includes "voter Id" as a "workers" issue, he exposes the agenda! What does voter ID have to do with workers rights???? Oh, I get it. If illegal aliens, non residents and dead people can vote for corrupt democrats, they can continue to steal jobs from LEGAL workers! What do you think of a union offical that tells rank & file members that the union will "find out if you're registered to vote(no problem with this), and find out HOW you're registered, ie: Republican or Dem.. Nothing like a not-so veiled threat to Republicans. I took it to mean, If you want to work, you better change to democrat registration. The other issue the unions like is requiring certification votes to be "open" ie: no secret ballot. If it's good for the unions (worker intimidation) why not all votes be open? Then Eric Holders thug buddies the New Black Panthers can threaten the elderly white voters EVERYWHERE!
Oedipus June 02, 2012 at 08:02 PM
No doubt it was a Memorial Day weekend to remember for D. J. Bettencourt. Bettencourt -- the Salem Republican who resigned in disgrace as House majority leader on Sunday, Memorial Day Eve, after published reports that he faked an internship in order to graduate from the UNH School of Law - became yet the latest example of a politician thinking he can do or say anything without a) getting caught, and b) facing any ramifications.
Oedipus June 02, 2012 at 08:04 PM
To add insult to injury, the 28-year-old Bettencourt emerged as the stereotypical member of the Millennial generation, someone who a) expects to get things without working for them and b) expecting no ramifications. In other words, another politician displaying really immature behavior. But what else can you say about unvetted majority leaders? It's an old New Hampshire tradition. Submitted for your memory, we give you one Vincent Palumbo - known to all as Vinnie -- a rising star in the New Hampshire Republican Party. Elected to the House at the age of 26, by 31 he became the House majority leader. By 33, he was forced to resign. It turns out he had never earned a claimed master's degree from Columbia University, had four overdue bank loans and misrepresented the sources of his income. A few months later. Palumbo pleaded guilty to bank fraud and failure to file income tax returns for three years. He was sentenced to more than a year in prison. All of which puts into perspective Palumbo's comment made during the days when the Legislature was looking into setting up an ethics panel, to which Palumbo said, "We're all gentlemen here, and gentlemen keep their own scorecards." That quote would turn out to be one of Palumbo's two lasting contributions to New Hampshire political history.
Oedipus June 02, 2012 at 08:04 PM
The other was a beefed-up legislative ethics code and enforcement mechanism, which became a slam-dunk for proponents after Palumbo resigned in disgrace. The footnote to the whole Palumbo story is that in 2007 Palumbo was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison after failing to pay taxes on about $2 million in income from 1998 to 2004. So for Bettencourt, the bar for disgraceful behavior by a House majority leader was set pretty high (or low) by Vinnie Palumbo way back in the days D.J. was little David
Oedipus June 02, 2012 at 08:05 PM


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »