House rep says Bettencourt resigning over fabricated internship reports, UL, 5/27/12

posted May 27, 2012, 3:43 AM by Bill Duncan

New Hampshire Sunday News
New Hampshire Union Leader
Copyright 2012 New Hampshire Sunday News
Published May 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm (Updated May 26, 2012)

Other controversies for Bettencourt

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt has not avoided controversy since becoming the youngest person ever to ascend to that post:

-- Last year, he referred to John McCormack, who at the time served as the Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Manchester, as a “pedophile pimp” after the bishop spoke publicly against proposed budget cuts because of their potential effects on the most vulnerable. Bettencourt apologized, and the two men later met privately to defuse the controversy.

-- He also was the subject of an inquiry last year into whether he had claimed exaggerated mileage to Concord from his parents’ home in Salem while actually living in Pembroke. He was cleared by the House counsel of any wrongdoing.

CONCORD — House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt agreed to resign after he admitted fabricating reports for a law school internship, according to the House Republican who was mentoring him.

"When I saw the reports, I was blown away," said state Rep. J. Brandon Giuda. "It's a novel of fiction and it just blew me away."

On Friday, Bettencourt, R-Salem,announced he would step down on June 6 and would not run again because he is getting married and starting a new job.

But Giuda, a Chichester attorney and business owner, told the New Hampshire Sunday News that's not the real reason.

"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."

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House majority leader Bettencourt stepping down next month