Meanwhile, in an unrelated matter, former New Hampshire state Rep. Ronald “Tony” Giordano of Salem has begun a one-year jail term on drug charges.
Giordano, who was once also the leader of Salem’s Zoning Board of Adjustment, pleaded guilty in Rockingham County Superior Court last week to selling the prescription painkiller Oxycodone. Giordano was arrested Dec. 30, 2011, after selling 139 Oxycodone pills to a Salem police informant. He resigned from the zoning board days later.
As Methuen town manager in the early 1990s, McLaughlin was derided by councilors as a “power hungry” and “ruthless” politician. He resigned under pressure in October 1992.
McLaughlin’s primary motivation was always himself. Giordano’s motives are less clear.
Both have betrayed the constituents they were expected to serve.