Andrew White, D-Lebanon, helped nominate Democrat Steve Shurtleff, the Democratic leader who denied O'Brien a first-ballot victory and then withdrew from contention to make way for eventual winner Shawn Jasper
, a Hudson Republican.
Dave Kidder, R-New London, who had been quietly helping round up support for Jasper
in the past week.
Kidder said Jasper "understands the function of the speaker is running the House, as opposed to being the majority leader from the speaker's podium, which is what O'Brien tries to do."
Jasper served early in his career on the House Judiciary Committee with then-state Rep.
Meanwhile, besides winning a winner-take-all battle with O'Brien, Jasper
may also enjoy the last laugh over his
was a failed GOP leadership candidate four years ago, and during a St. Patrick's Day roast that March, O'Brien offered a list of mock book titles written by lawmakers, including Team Building 101 by Jasper
In yesterday's vote, it was Jasper
who built the needed coalition.
Shawn Jasper will serve as the next speaker of the New Hampshire House, in a surprise twist Wednesday that brought together a coalition of Democrats and Republicans to defeat former Speaker Bill O'Brien, the Republican Party's chosen nominee for the job.
, an 11-term representative from Hudson, N.H., entered the speaker's race after O'Brien failed to ...