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New Hampshire

August 17, 2013

Morse could replace Bragdon as N.H. Senate president

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“Though I initially presumed that any potential conflicts I might face due to my employment would be similar to those of any other senator or representative, given New Hampshire’s volunteer legislature, I have come to see the merit in arguments that the position of Senate president presents many greater challenges,” Bragdon said.

“Though I have promised to recuse myself from even the most seemingly mundane administrative tasks if a conflict arose, I do realize the perception of impropriety could still exist and could tarnish the reputation of the Senate.”

Bragdon’s decision was applauded by Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat.

“I believe that Senator Bragdon has taken an appropriate step in resigning as Senate President,” she said. “I greatly appreciate his service in that role and have enjoyed working with him to constructively address our challenges.”

Harrell Kirstein, communications director for the New Hampshire Democratic Party and one of the more vocal critics of Bragdon, also weighed in on the senator’s decision.

“We are pleased he has finally taken this first initial step,” he said. “But many serious questions remain about the process of Bragdon’s hiring, decisions he made while Senate president relating to the LGC, and how as a state senator he will be directing registered lobbyists while legally barred from being one himself.”

Bragdon said he plans to call the Senate back into session after Labor Day to elect the next president. He expected the date to be set by the end of next week.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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