A New Hampshire man with ties to Everytown for Gun Safety was arrested earlier this month.
Robert Blaisdell, 44, a powerbroker in the lobbying arena, is being charged with false imprisonment, simple assault and criminal mischief, the Union Leader reports.
Details on the May 2 domestic incident are sparse, leaving some to speculate whether the media is purposely avoiding the story because of Blaisdell’s clout or famous last name or work with Bloomberg’s gun-control organization.
He is the managing partner of “Demers, Blaisdell & Prasol Inc. and grandson of legendary state Sen. Clesson “Junie” Blaisdell, a former state senator from Keene who served 15 terms,” according to the Union Leader.
Blaisdell’s firm represents the Everytown for Gun Safety Fund along with NH Troopers Association, NH Police Association, NH Court Reporters Association, and businesses like Walmart, Eversource, Tufts Health Freedom Plan, Bank of America, FedEx, NH Wine and Spirits Brokers Assoc., among others.
The Concord Patch tells the story of police arriving at the scene after a domestic disturbance:
When they arrived and after conducting an investigation, police charged Blaisdell with three counts. They allege that he “knowingly” confined a family member “so as to substantially interfere with their ability to physically movement by holding the laundry room door closed over a period of several minutes” when the person tried to leave the room. Blaisdell is also accused of stepping on the person’s hand during the disturbance. Court documents also allege that he grabbed the victim’s cellphone and “using his hands in a twisting motion thus cracking the screen and rendering the phone useless, causing damages in excess of $100.”
An attorney for the defendant claims that he is innocent.
“Mr. Blaisdell is innocent of the criminal charges,” his attorney, Richard Guerriero, told the Union Leader.
“Our hope is that the case can be resolved with a minimum of trauma and difficulty for the entire family,” he added.
GunsAmerica reached out to the Manchester Police Department to obtain a copy of the police report. We’ll update the story when more information becomes available. Blaisdell is due back in court on July 1.