John Stephen....a threat?

According to Kevin Landrigan many NH Democrats see John Stephen as a rising star within the Republican party. Landrigan proposes this could be one of the sticking points with his GraniteCare proposals.

Landrigan writes:
Stephen’s political stock remains on the rise in the GOP, and even though a 2006 campaign for governor appears all but out of the question, Democratic partisans view him as a serious threat.

If Lynch were to just toss GraniteCare into the trash, then the GOP could attack Lynch for abandoning a blueprint for saving federal money in favor of raising state taxes to balance the next budget.