Investigators found no evidence state Democratic power broker Raymond Buckley possessed child pornography, after being publicly accused by Manchester Republican Steve Vaillancourt in a letter to New Hampshire Governor John Lynch.

Daily picture

(To read the New Hampshire Attorney General’s report exonerating Buckley, click here.)

According to today’s Union Leader, Buckley, the state Democratic Party vice chairman, was forced to drop out of the race to replace outgoing chairperson, Kathy Sullivan, after Vaillancourt sent Gov. John Lynch a letter dated Dec. 26 claiming Buckley possessed significant amounts of child pornography, smuggled the materials into the country from Europe, used a Manchester Democratic City Committee computer to access child pornography and had a penchant for “pre-pubescent” minors.

For New Hampshire primary watchers, Buckley’s story is an important one. A staunch Joe Lieberman supporter during the 2004 campaign, Buckley, 47, is a prominent gay rights activist who will now likely play a more prominent role in New Hampshire’s upcoming Democratic primary. He has not publicly endorsed a candidate but some have speculated that he is likely to land in Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

For background on Buckley, read the Concord Monitor’s in-depth review of the highs and lows of Buckley’s political career and private life.

More on this story:
Stalking Ray Buckley
New Hampshire Democrats Elect Gay Party Chairman
Ray Buckley Video Condemned by New Hampshire Congressman Paul Hodes
Write-In Campaign Possible for NH Democratic Party Leader

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Advertisements