Feb 1, 2016 5:07 PM

Landrigan: NH state rep points to wife for van's bad parking job amid Facebook criticism


CONCORD - A Toyota van with a New Hampshire state legislative plate encroa

ched on a handicapped parking space in a Concord business lot.

Here’s the issue; the car clearly going over the yellow line into the restricted space.

We tracked down the car belonging to Hooksett Republican State Rep. David Hess who said his wife had parked there.

"I remembered she had taken my car for about 10 minutes while I went to the State House, and had driven down to the shopping center on Storrs Road to either go to the Market Basket or Liquor Store, I forget which,’’ Hess said.

Lynne Emerson took the photo on Saturday and complained to Gov. Maggie Hassan via the governor's Facebook page saying, "As a disabled person who relies on access to handicap parking spaces, I am appalled by the inconsiderate behavior depicted.’’

A vigorous debate on NH1’s Facebook page ensued.

Jonathan Taylor posted, "He will get away with he's a politician I see them drive like idiots on the highway talking in there phones and speeding it's pathetic they think there better than everyone else.’’

But Joanne Robert Breard took Hess’ side scolding, "Yes, sloppy parking, but not worthy of all this hype. For heaven sake's people grow up! (PS. I have a handicap tag).’’

Hess chalks it all up to 24/7 traditional and social media.

"Things take off. They are irrational," Hess said. "Sometimes they are funny; sometimes they are not so funny."

And Hess knows all about disabled permits.

"Oh I had a disabled parking permit about five or six years ago," he said. "I had a total hip replacement; my right hip. I had it for about two weeks, and I had a great recovery."


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