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.

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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


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