Nashua Telegraph Editorial
“It’s not difficult to understand why Nashua’s Kevin Avard failed to win re-election to the New Hampshire’s House of Representatives two years ago after being swept into office during the 2010 Republican landslide that propelled House Speaker Bill O’Brien into power – and eventual infamy.
Under O’Brien’s tutelage, Avard marked his political territory by voting to repeal the state’s same-sex marriage law and supporting legislation to allow individuals and businesses to deny services to gay couples.
Avard kept perfect time with the GOP leadership’s effort to disembowel New Hampshire’s judiciary by voting for state judges to be commissioned for renewable seven-year terms and to exempt legislative acts from judicial review.
And when O’Brien attempted to grease the wheels to allow Cancer Treatment Centers of America to set up shop in New Hampshire, Avard backed legislation that would have exempted destination specialty hospitals from the state’s certificate of need process while allowing them to be excused from paying the Medicaid enhancement tax.
Avard believes that stellar record deserves a promotion, and so he’s seeking the New Hampshire Senate District 12 seat held by Democratic incumbent Peggy Gilmour. In contrast, Gilmour has a legislative record worthy of praise.
Gilmour co-sponsored legislation to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation that cleared the Senate. She co-sponsored a new law that requires insurers to allow people to purchase 90-day supplies of prescription drugs at the pharmacy of their choice. She co- sponsored improvements to the state’s pay equity law. She co-sponsored a new law establishing a senior citizens bill of rights. We could go on.
There’s a pattern here. On one hand is a former legislator with a record of limiting human rights, undermining the constitutional principle of separation of powers, and enabling political cronyism. On the other hand is a sitting legislator with a record of supporting human rights for all, improving the lives of health care patients and seniors, and reaching across the political aisle to forge bipartisan solutions.
Peggy Gilmour is the slam-dunk choice for New Hampshire Senate District 12.”