New House Speaker, Terie Norelli, is a compassionate person, just ask her. She is always raising the siren call of “compassion” to justify expanding government and redistributing wealth. Now, she has demonstrated the breadth of her compassion by sending long-time bipartisan aide, Betty Lichty home for the holidays to spend more time with her family. The Journal has learned that Norelli unceremoniously fired the affable and well-liked Lichty yesterday just in time for Christmas.
Lichty, who had served the House as an Administrative Assistant under both the Republicans and Democrats earned the respect of legislators from both sides of the aisle, with the obvious exception of Norelli. Litchy has been described as “the House’s superbly capable administrative assistant” by the dean of Statehouse Reporter’s Kevin Landrigan of the Nashua Telegraph and the mood around the State House this morning is anything but compassionate.
“Betty Lichty was an asset to our state who will be missed,” said Representative Pamela Tucker, Co-Chair of the House Republican Alliance. “Betty added a personal touch to the reception area to everyone who entered. She was a non-partisan, dedicated employee with a wealth of institutional knowledge and was well liked and respected by many of us in the house. Her firing is a shock to us and we are saddened at the loss”
To futher highlight the Speaker’s compassion, Litchy has been dealing with health issues this year. Her firing will leave her without income and health care benefits. Norelli immediately eliminated all mention of Lichty on the state government website, perhaps hoping everyone will forget about her and her treatment by Scrooge Norelli. The Speaker’s office gave no official reason for the firing of Lichty.
“The Speaker has the right to hire whomever she would like, but in this case Betty was so well-repected and competent it just doesn’t make any sense,” said one long-time Democratic state legislator who asked not to go on record for fear of reprisal by the Speaker. “I can’t imagine what Betty could have done to deserve this terrible treatment by the Speaker. This just reeks of partisan politics and its not a good way to start the session.”
Speaker Norelli’s office had not responded to the Journals calls at the time of filing this report.