Ousted Hill Lawmaker seeks source of mailers

Sunday November 11, 2012

EXETER, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire legislator has filed a complaint with the attorney general's office to find out who was behind a campaign mailer accusing him of being a drunken legislator.

Republican Rep. Matt Quandt thought the issue was dead after defending himself in 2011 against allegations that he was drunk on the House floor and missed votes because of his drinking. His own party dismissed the allegations as "silly political games."

But the Exeter Republican said a group called Citizens Against Drunk Legislators mailed a flier during the campaign leading up to the Nov. 6 election calling him a drunken lawmaker and featuring an old photo of him of him with a drink in hand.

Quandt told the Portsmouth Herald (http://bit.ly/ZpJVlO ) he thinks he still would have lost the election, in which he fell more than 400 votes short, but he filed a complaint to find out who's responsible for the mailing. Citizens Against Drunk Legislators is not listed on the state secretary of state web site as a registered political action committee.

"If these mailings didn't make a difference, these groups wouldn't be sending them out," he said.

Quandt's father, Lee Quandt, a longtime representative who was also ousted Tuesday, said the mailings appear to have been mailed only to registered Republicans and undeclared voters.

"It's the lowest I've ever seen," he said. "It's a classic hit piece."


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