"The action I am taking is no more than a radical measure to hasten the explosion of truth and justice. I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. Let them dare, then, to bring me before a court of law and let the enquiry take place in broad daylight!" - Emile Zola, J'accuse! (1898) -

Thursday, April 17, 2008

A Note From Betty Hall

To the wonderful army of people who fought for HR24,

Here is the statement I put out for public release:


HR24, the Petition to Commence Impeachment Procedures in the United States Congress, was tabled by the New Hampshire House on Wednesday, April 16. The vote was 227 to 95 to table the petition. Before the tabling motion was made, there was limited debate, during which most Republicans left the floor. The tabling motion was made by the Democratic floor leader, Dan Eaton of Stoddard and spoken for by the Democratic Majority Leader, Mary Jane Wallner of Concord. The tabling motion by the Democratic leadership cut off all further debate, defying the NH tradition of open debate on the floor of the House.

A poison pill amendment offered by Albert Baldasaro, Republican of Londonderry - a partisan and shameless attack on District 1 Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter - appears to have been successful in intimidating Democratic leadership.

The petition is tabled, but unresolved. Full debate can still be invoked.

Tabling in NH does NOT kill a bill. The bill can be revived in this session.

I believe if an actual vote on the bill had been held, we would have had many more votes. But we got something VERY valuable: a roll call of 95 legislators who had the power of conviction to vote for the petition in spite of the leadership.

We will go forward. I have asked for a ruling on the Baldasaro amendment - if that doesn't dispose of it, there are other ways to remove it or neutralize it.

We had a wonderful rally. I have over 3000 e-mails of support. We have a roll call of brave legislators. And an army of volunteers and organizations gave my petition wonderful work and support.

I want to thank all of you and tell you to have courage. This fight is not over!



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