Publisher's Note: It's politics
Politics is a tough game. Banking Commissioner Peter Hildreth and Liquor Commissioner Mark Bodi are in the middle of that game right when the stakes are highest, just before an election.
Both have been accused of wrongdoing and the governor and the attorney general are seeking their removal. While Iíve got my opinion on both, the menís fates will be decided by politics.
In both cases the Executive Council, made up of three Democrats and two Republicans, will be the judge and jury. Removals like these are rare. The last one took place in the 1970s. Usually commissioners just resign or governors donít ask if they know it would be fought.
But Lynch likely felt in both cases that he had to act for political (and perhaps personal) reasons. Bodi was accused of involving himself improperly in a liquor enforcement affair and Hildreth of not acting to investigate an alleged ponzi scheme. Republicans would have slammed Lynch for allowing both to stay in office. Can you see the Union Leader headlines accusing Lynch of protecting his buddy Bodi (a lifelong Democrat)?
Of course the removal process for commissioners isnít supposed to be fair. It was created by politics and as an inherently political process. In the case of Bodi and Hildreth itís likely that Democratic members of the council will vote with the governor to help his chances of reelection.
If you were looking for fair, then politics isnít the game for you.