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Tired of the Politics in this Town

Former Republican running mate stands up for Kidd.

The following Letter to the Editor was provided by , a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for a spot on the Board of Education in 2011: 

Lately Manchester politics have begun to disgust me! The games of one-upmanship each party plays can be a full on contact sport of dirty tricks and misdirection. But nothing compares to what’s been going on at the Manchester Board of Education. The Democrats want to take down one of their fiercest Republican rivals: .

The Democrats have been after Merrill for years and they don’t just oppose her because of her party affiliation; they hate her in a very raw and spiteful way. Make no mistake about it, is a stunt to score political points and assassinate Mrs. Kidd's character. It's also a shameful nose thumbing to those actually bullied and abused. 

I’ve known and worked with Merrill for several years, we were the chairs on the Human Relations Committee. There I saw and learned how passionate and dynamic Merrill was, and how desperate the Democrats desired to get rid of her. In fact, they approached me to throw Merrill under the proverbial bus in exchange for a prominent place in the Democrat party and a seat on the Board of Ed. I refused and continued to refuse their many advances. Had I, maybe I’d be the Deputy Mayor. 

What they are doing to Merrill is on par with how the Democrats turned their backs on and went after Diane Clare Kearney. I could never be party to a group that favors hypocrisy over integrity. If lying and hurting people for political advantage is what it takes to be a Manchester Democrat, then I’m glad I don’t have what is takes. When it comes to doing what is wrong for selfish gain rather than what is right, then I’m glad I don’t have what it takes to be a Manchester Democrat. When it comes to integrity and the well-being of the people of Manchester, the Democrats don’t have what it takes. When it comes to respecting oneself in the morning, as a Republican, I have what it takes. To the last letter, to the last word, to the last person, I will fight for what is right.

claire singleton February 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Mr. Atwater, Ms Kidd acted inappropriately. That is pretty much the end of the story. She send Facebook messages to a fellow Board member that by her own admission where related to BOE business. As such these messages should have been made available through the freedom of information act anyways. This isn't about politics it is about inappropriate behavior.
Jon Crickmore February 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Speaking as a Republican and soon to be Independent, Mr Atwater is correct about one thing it is political. Its another prime example of politics as usual. How about people speak out based on whats right and wrong. Maybe if people cared more about citizens and less about there stupid party this town/country would be a better place to live. Kidd got a free pass period. Arresting Kidd is bad for business and that's why nothing happened to her.
Dean February 27, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Claire, I don't think Facebook is covered under freedom of information. But as for ms. Kidd, she was right to apologize. We all have the "moments" we would like take back and I think she should be reinstated to the subcommittees now that she has apologized. As for Ms. Kearney, she made a racially charged comment that was difficult for others to stand by. But like the issue with ms. Kearney, time healed the problem and everyone moved on, just like everyone will move on with the Merrill Kidd issue. This town government should be focus on bringing credible and lucrative businesses to broad street and main st and finding the money for a quality new superintendent of schools.
Frank February 27, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Dean, I read somewhere that facebook is covered as long as it is elected officials talking elected official business, just like emails between elected officials about official business stuff. Otherwise you are on the money, we need to get a really good superintendent in town and yeah that is gonna cost. As for attracting business to main and broad street, it's the same old story. I know I always say it but I'm right and the main street plan that was released said the same thing. We can't let landlords operate crappy rental units all in the area and then expect businesses to move in, if people who can afford to buy things are afraid to go to main street or broad street then they aint gonna go. The biggest problem though is that we let homeless people live in the stop and shop parking lot, in center springs park, in the cemetery, and on the old railroad tracks. I guess thats good if you want to attract a SaveALot grocery store but as for credible and lucrative businesses it is never ever gonna happen as long as we let these areas be tent city USA.
Ron atwater February 28, 2012 at 03:43 AM
You are correct, her comments and behavior were inappropriate. Mrs. Kidd apologized for that time of error. What needs to happen is the board needs to "move forward” and focus their energy on addressing the many problems and matters at hand. Our children should not and must not be just “collateral damage". Our priority is to ensure that all Manchester children have the opportunity to achieve an education of excellent quality. Leave the political “mudslinging” to the reality shows.
Mark T. February 28, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I just want to say this about Broad st. Why did Manchester let Stop&shop keep a 20 year lease to fend off competition on Broad St.? Don't you think our politicians should have been pushing them to lease that area or do something but just sit there and rot. That brings in Mr. Atwater. He sees as I do that politics in Manchester need to be totally rvamped as does our own US Congress.
Roger March 09, 2013 at 07:07 AM
be tough as u always r Merrill

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