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Radio Host Denounces AlciereAired January 8, 2001 - 4:13 p.m. ET
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JOIE CHEN, CNN ANCHOR: New Hampshire's governor, Jeanne Shaheen, says that Alciere has misled the voters of that state and should resign without any conditions at all.
Joining us now by telephone is Ken Gidge; he's a talk show host with radio station WSMN, which is in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Ken, I understand that you talked to Mr. Alciere yourself today?
KEN GIDGE, WSMN TALK SHOW HOST: Oh, yes, Tom Alciere is turning in to be the international poster child for the real reason to go out and vote. There's a little bit of what Tom Alciere just said that may not be entirely correct. I'm going to tell you what it is.
There may not be able, under law -- New Hampshire law, to have a special election. He may be doing what he did to get more publicity. We are looking into it right now, and we're going to know in about two or three hours, because if he can't get into the special election, if there's not a special election, he may not resign.
CHEN: Now, the proposal he made to offer his resignation. How is that being received at the statehouse?
GIDGE: Well, it's -- everybody is jumping with joy. They're thrilled, but they're wondering what ten lawmakers will sign onto this, and then, will the lawmakers be honest and bring it to the proper channels for proper committees, and then bring it before the House. There are people who think, who have called up my show, believe that they will take it and then they will dump it.
CHEN: There is something -- I mean, what he is proposing is something of the deal of the devil for some of those lawmakers. After all, if they want him out, yes, they can do this for him. But on the other hand, that means, won't they actually have to vote -- won't they actually have to put their names onto his proposals to bring them to the floor?
GIDGE: See, that's the catch-22 twice. If you can't have a special election, then he will not resign. This is what I am reading from it. Also, if 10 people do not, he will not -- he will not resign. In fact, Tom Alciere is supposed to be in here tomorrow. I had him on last week for two hours as a co-host and will be talking more about this. CHEN: Ken, what does he think about all of the attention that is being brought to your state because of his actions, and because of what he has said?
GIDGE: He's not thinking about the state, I think he's thinking about himself. He has told me and my listeners that he's a little surprised because it's not really news -- since he had done this when he was a private citizen and not a lawmaker, and I tried to wake him up to the fact, that you never say something like that, as a private citizen and/or a lawmaker.
I think that he is enjoying it, but I think that he is becoming a little fearful it. I think he's probably got some threats and some bad e-mails and I think that he's waking up to the fact that he has done something very foolish but I can't talk for him. I will find out later this week.
CHEN: Ken, can I -- just really quickly, you do have to go in a minute here, but did he, in talking to you today -- did he renounce any of the things that he has said in the past or does he still think they should all be open for discussion?
GIDGE: Absolutely not. He has never, and in fact, I have asked him the parallel between Lee Harvey Oswald and himself; he sort of smirked, looked at me, and said I have done the right thing -- I have run for a political office. No, he has not backed off anything.
CHEN: And got himself elected. Ken Gidge from WSMN radio in Nashua, New Hampshire. Thanks for your insight.
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