UPDATE: Hassan, Jasper urge those on Tasker's alleged list not to run again for office
CONCORD - Facing drug charges and allegations he tried to lure a teenage girl for sex ex-state Rep. Kyle Tasker stepped down two months ago.
But now he's back in the news - and he may be dragging more state lawmakers into the spotlight.
“It is very troubling if any of those allegations are in fact true,” Gov. Maggie Hassan said.
99.1 NH1 News radio host Jack Heath reported on Wednesday that Tasker kept a list of fellow lawmakers he sold illegal drugs to.
“We’re being told that former Rep. Tasker kept a very detailed list of people he allegedly sold drugs to,” Heath said. “At least seven representatives, all state representatives, and at least one state senator are on that list. And the list has already had consequences in terms of people not running for another office, some people stepping down.”
Heath may be referring to state Rep. Pam Tucker.
A few weeks ago the Greenland Republican suddenly dropped her bid for Congress. NH1 News confirmed on Wednesday that Tucker's not running for re-election to the State House.
“If it is true, it is very concerning, but at this point we don’t know anything,” House Speaker Shawn Jasper said.
He did however issue a warning.
“If there are any members who are involved in this - they know whether they were or not - and I would encourage them not to run for re-election,” he said.
It was a similar message from Hassan.
“Certainly, it is hard for me to imagine that any elected official who is found to have engaged in criminal activity could still earn the trust of the voters of New Hampshire,” she said.
As for Tasker's alleged list, Heath said, “I know it’s in the hands of investigators in Rockingham County.”
Since state lawmakers are rumored to be on the list – NH1 News Paul Steinhauser asked the governor if this something the attorney general is looking into or should look into?
“I think that is something that you should ask the Attorney General,” she said. “The Attorney General makes independent determinations about what investigations to initiate.
The Attorney General later said he couldn't comment on whether his office was getting involved.