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Political soap opera: More drama in Gilmanton

August 19. 2018 10:58PM

For a small town, Gilmanton generates more than its share of political drama.

Maybe this is to be expected from the town that inspired the author of “Peyton Place,” but we would ask local officials to save some of the squabbling for next season.

The latest intrigue involves a town employee who claims she was forced to quit because a selectman was harassing her over a dispute with her brother-in-law, whom the selectman had defeated in the last election.

The employee also claims she was forced to write a letter to the state Liquor Commission supporting a selectman’s restaurant.

The town’s lawyer admits that nine town workers left in an 18-month period but says Gilmanton residents, not its leaders, are the problem.

Attorney Brian Cullen argues that some of the departed employees left “due to the abrasive and aggressive tactics of a certain coterie of residents who regularly berate town officials and employees.”

Gilmanton is still in court with its police chief over who runs the department, and town officials tried to force homeowners to remove lawn signs supporting the chief.

At this point, we have no idea whom to believe about anything going on at the Gilmanton town offices. Would it be too much to ask for the feuding factions to calm down and take a break?

It is difficult to see how the majority of Gilmanton residents not involved in all of this political drama are served by it.


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