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MANCHESTER, N.H.—The New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention saw State Rep. Betty Hall’s “Petition to Commence Impeachment Procedure in the U.S. Congress” adopted, despite numerous roadblocks thrown in her path by party leaders.
As AFP revealed previously, Rep. Hall is the 87- year-old Brookline, N.H. woman who, having served in the state House for 28 years, is determined to uphold the rule of law and constitutional checks and balances by getting the 400-plusmember New Hampshire House to pass House Resolution 24, which calls on the Democrat-controlled U.S. Congress to begin the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney for getting the U.S. into the Iraq war/occupation under false pretenses. The administration’s use of torture and snooping on the public, also are cited.
Of the 800 people there at the start, about 650 were delegates elected locally to attend this event. The rest were elected officials, party officials and guests. Even though a number of people left as the day progressed, Rep. Hall and delegates in support of impeachment stayed the course to make sure her petition/resolution was heard. When her item was finally brought forth, it passed 110-88 in a precise county-by-county standing vote.
Deborah Gibson, a friend of Rep. Hall’s who helped AFP navigate the state’s political scene during a recent news assignment there, was elated. She told AFP that this represents the first major victory over the Democratic political machine in New Hampshire.
“This is the first time the tables have been turned against those in the party who think they just rule,” Ms. Gibson said. “They tried every trick to hold Betty down.”