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New Hampshire State Representative Misses 16 Months

Not Even a "Present" Vote? For 16 Months?

Imagine you get an awesome new job. Now imagine right after you accept, you're plagued by a bad knee, a break up, a little depression. . . you might take a sick day or two, right? How about 16 months worth of sick days? Only if that awesome new job is as an elected state representative and your name is Michael R. DesRoches.

This New Hampshire Democrat was elected to office in 2006. Since then, according to colleagues he hasn't shown up to a single session in Concord, or cast a single vote. Why? What could possibly have detained him from serving his duty? Well, he explains it best (?) "I was concentrating on myself. Because if I didn't have a clear mind, with everything going on with my depression, how (would) I be able to actually vote correctly?" Perhaps this isn't entirely necessary to state, but DesRoches has resigned.

I'd like to say only in America, but. . .


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yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
i found this very interesting because in california our legislators are paid over 100k. this article: explains that in new hampshire the legislative session is only 45 days, in comparison to in california where it is year-round. so even if he's making far less, he's working far less. (365-45=320 days less work). this is why they are expected to hold a regular job in addition to their seat in the state assembly. i agree that if we want our legislators and other government employees to perform well we need to compensate them - otherwise they will all stay in the private sector.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I heard last night that McCain missed 56% of his votes in 2007. I think if he were a democrat, the press would be all over him!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Wow, this is worse than most of us going to work and playing on citizensugar all day LOL!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
On the other side, he is a New Hampshire democrat so who really cares what he'd vote for.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
They only make $100 a year? Does anyone know if that's true in all states? I probably wouldn't have perfect attendance for that pay either, I'd need a second job!
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
lol @ new hampshirians
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
That's insane. What a loser. I'm not putting down his depression...but don't take the job if you can't handle it.
megnmac megnmac 9 years
Ok, so my first thought was that this is a state legislator, and I wondered about the money. "As citizen legislators, we are paid $100 a year. Sometimes, you have to put things in perspective and make other things a priority." DesRoches now says he was "under a misconception" about the work state legislators are expected to do. He said he did not understand he would be given a committee assignment that had the potential to fill up his schedule each week. In an interview, DesRoches said he is recently unemployed and cannot afford to fix his car, which broke down about three months ago. He was evicted in mid-February, he said. I think this is a common problem in a lot of the states - we don't actually pay these people who are making the laws. It is why so many are SO BAD. The only people that can afford to be elected to these positions are business owners, developers, the wealthy. In my local elections one of the most inspiring candidates for city council dropped out because she just couldn't compete with the energy the others could put in... she had a job. Three other state representatives from Manchester -- Sandra Smith, George Katsiantonis and Hector Velez -- had yet to cast any votes this year, according to the House Web site. All are Democrats.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
what a waste...
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Wonder, will he have to pay back that money and do volunteer work in the community he was suppose to be working for. I think this is crazy, really working on himself, you can work and do that at the same time. I wish I could have 16 months, get my full pay plus benefits and work on myself.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Good point ladypenguin!
ladypenguin ladypenguin 9 years
Wow. I don't know which is worse...that he thought it was okay to "concentrate on himself" after being elected, or that it took 16 months for someone to catch on.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Ridiculous :OY:
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