Local politicians from both sides of the aisle said Sunday that House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt’s resignation scandal is the latest crack in the crumbling facade of the GOP in the Granite State.
A controversy involving Bettencourt, R-Salem, unfolded rapidly over the weekend. On Friday, he issued a statement saying he would resign effective June 6 and not seek re-election to the House of Representatives, citing a need to focus on his new job and upcoming marriage to Shannon Shutts, who works in House Speaker William O’Brien’s office.
On Saturday, state Rep. Brandon Giuda, R-Chichester, called for Bettencourt’s immediate resignation, accusing him of falsifying college records indicating he completed an internship at Giuda’s law office.
According to WMUR-TV, Bettencourt released a statement Sunday admitting to misrepresenting himself to the University of New Hampshire School of Law and announcing his decision to resign immediately.