As another election season begins, it is important for us as leaders within the Republican Party to vet our Party’s candidates to make sure that the people we put forth will represent conservative, limited government principals.
As the First-In-the-Nation Primary State we take this responsibility seriously, conservatives everywhere rely on us to make sure our candidates are strong. We also have that responsibility for our local candidates; from State government, to Congress to Senate and Governor.
Here in the First Congressional District we must take a second look at UNH Professor Dan Innis. Professor Innis is running in the Republican Primary for Congress but his lack of conservative credentials gives pause for concern.
We have had six years of President Obama whose intentions are judged more frequently than the result of the legislation he favors or the actual results of his policies. Professor Innis must be judged on his record, not his words.
Professor Innis was a registered Democrat through the 2012 election; pulling Democratic ballots in both the 2012 State Primary and 2008 Presidential Primary. Which begs the question, who did Dan Innis support for President in 2008: President Obama or Hillary Clinton? Having voted Democrat for President, he likely voted for Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter too.
Only when he decided to run for Congress did he change his party affiliation to Republican.
In 2012, when you and I were working hard to defeat President Obama and campaigning to elect conservatives, Dan Innis was working against us.
Professor Innis voluntarily donated $500 to Jackie Cilley for Governor in 2012. Yes, the same Jackie Cilley who was found to be to the left of the Democratic Party in New Hampshire! The same Jackie Cilley who was the only candidate for Governor to support an income and broad based sales tax for our state. And, the same Jackie Cilley who went to work for Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter after her own campaign failed.
Even as he claims to be a Republican now, the limited positions he has taken would make even the most moderate Republican cringe. He is the only Republican candidate for Congress in NH who believes that we should raise the debt ceiling without any spending cuts. In fact, he demands we eliminate the debt ceiling, removing any breaks from the runaway spending train that is Washington D.C.
We expect this from Senator Shaheen, Congresswoman Kuster and Congresswoman Shea-Porter. But someone running for the GOP nomination?
As you continue to meet and vet candidates for office at local GOP events, I encourage you to ask Mr. Innis about his past support of liberal Democrats and his ability to represent our conservative values.
Rep. Daniel J. Tamburello, Londonderry