For a few weeks now we have been hearing “Arnie is back” on the radio! For many people like me, I had no idea what that was about. They are referring to Arnie Arnesen a local progressive radio host who has been on and off the radio in New Hampshire for over twenty years. She was a State Representative for eight years. She even ran for governor in 1992, loosing to Steve Merrill, “she received more votes for Governor than any Democrat in state history up to that time“. Since I did not grew up here in New Hampshire, I was unaware of who she was or how exciting it was to have her back on the radio.
On Aug 15th she took aim at the NH Speaker Bill O’Brien. Last week Bill O’Brien went to facebook to accuse the “union thugs” at the post office in Manchester of delaying his mail. Arnie was not going to let this go bye without commenting on it.
She goes right after O’Brien for being a “coward” using his facebook page to make these fabricated claims. She said “if your going to accuse people have a damn press conference”. Arnie continues “you know how to tell Annmarie Timmins and the Concord Monitor not to show up at your press conference…” Arnie holds nothing back in the 15 minute monologue. She said, “If you are accusing unions of criminal activity why the H— didn’t you have a press conference?” And she is totally right! These are Federal Crimes. Crimes that will put people in Federal Prison for up to five years!
Below is a portion of Arnie’s Aug 15th show. Unfortunately the show was partially cut off but I think we captured the best parts. Listen to Arnie defend the workers at the post office. Listen as she stands up for all NH workers in her explanation of the Right To Work for less bill and how it kept reappearing last year.
Listen Here [audio http://nhlabornews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/OBrien_postal_workers-1.mp3]
(You can listen live to Arnie from 11am-1pm M-F (rebroadcast at 7am-9am) on 94.7 fm in Concord . Or you can listen online)
I would also like to note that according to Annmarie Timmins of the Concord Monitor (yes, I still read the Monitor even if the Speaker refuses to acknowledge them), there have been no official charges against the USPS.
Although House Speaker Bill O’Brien has accused Manchester post office workers of intentionally delaying his political fliers, he has not filed a complaint with postal inspectors, an inspection official said yesterday.
Agapi Doulaveris, a spokeswoman for the national Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Service, said her office investigates all allegations of mail mishandling misconduct against postal employees. She said yesterday the office had received no complaints involving O’Brien’s claims.