Episode 58 of NH Capitol Access:
Special Guest: Timothy Horrigan
Additional commentary by Timothy Horrigan; August 6, 2010
I probably should have put this on my
web site eons ago, but (even though I was told I looked and sounded
just fine) I was afraid to look at myself on TV. I don't mind being
on front of the camera, I don't even mind speaking in public— I
just hate looking at myself. I don't know why, since I am in fact a bit of a
narcissist. So, this is me on NH Capitol Access with hosts Denis
Goddard & Lydia Harman.
We taped this the last week of
February. I was originally supposed to come in earlier in the month
and talk about
equality, but for some reason I couldn't come into the studio on
that date. So I ended up being the guest on the episode immediately
6, a Jeffersonian Democracy resolution, which came to the floor.
On March 4, 2009 and was killed by a 216-150 roll call vote.
I was one of the half-dozen or so
Democrats who supported HCR 6. I have some regrets about this vote—
it was a somewhat goofy resolution, an extremely decent state rep
named Mike Rollo ended up getting death threats for no good reason,
and some of the angry citizens in the gallery on March 6 turned out
to be armed. (And, this furore did mark the beginning of the "Tea
Party:" season in New Hampshire, although the proponents of HCR
6 were not racists and were not insane.) But I don't have that many
regrets: I am still glad I defied my party and voted for HCR 6.
Voting for it was the right thing to do.
In any case, the armed citizens did
not fire any shots from the gallery. They booed for a few minutes and
left peacefully. No harm was done. I know of at least one citizen in
the gallery that day who didn't have any ammo in his gun and who was
much too gentle to be able to shoot another human being anyway: he
was just making a pro-Second Amendment statement.