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Ann Kuster, A Pre-Corrupted Politician

Thank you Kathy Sullivan for being so diligent in recognizing potential ethics violations. That Charlie Bass may have benefited after he left office from Green Legislation meant to encourage the growth of the Green Economy in the USA and in New Hampshire. New England Wood Pellets has certainly grown in the past 10 -12 years providing employment in the Monadnock region. Yes, because of a fluke of birth, Charlie Bass was able to take advantage of his family’s business.

That does bring up the major ethical issues that Ann Kuster presents as a former Lobbyist, whose job it was to influence legislation to benefit her clients. How can we ever be sure that if elected she would be serving the residents of NH CD-2 and not her clients both former and future?

We know that she worked for clients in the Banking, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical industries. Will Kuster, if elected have to recuse herself from all legislation having anything to do with these industries? Ann Kuster needs to release a list of all her clients that she lobbied for so the voters will be able to tell if she were elected, when she is voting for the NH CD-2 residents and when she is voting for her clients.

I found it a bit strange that the Democrats were so happy to support a Lobbyist as their candidate in NH CD-2. After all the hullabaloo from the folks with BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) over the past 10 years regarding Bush and Congress just being tools of the Corporate Lobbyists, it was rather intriguing that they would go ahead and nominate a Lobbyist as their candidate.

Charlie Bass was a perfect NH CD-2 legislator, he voted with his Party 60% of the time, the other 40% he crossed the aisle and stood with the Democrats, especially when it involved social issues or environmental issues. Hodes who promised to have a backbone ended up voting 94% with his party line and 100% as told to by Nancy Pelosi in the Democrat Caucus! For Charlie all I can say is “Be careful if you lie down with dogs you might get up with fleas!”

Again, thanks Kathy for bringing this up, it is high time that Ann Kuster comes clean about her corporate relationships. The residents of NH CD-2 have a right to know what kind of legislator they might be getting if they vote for Kuster!


Federal Tax Hikes 

This January there will be a massive tax increase on businesses large and small and entrepreneurs unless Congress acts. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Obama agree that the federal tax cuts of 2001 and 2002 resuscitated our economy from the Clinton/Gore DotCom recession (Projected Surplus Vanished) that George Bush inherited in 2001. Obama and Pelosi both agree on an extension, except for the so called "rich" or those making more than $250,000 annually. Most small businesses in this country report Gross Earnings exceeding $250,000 per year thus the Obama/Pelosi plan is a tax increase on businesses large and small and it will stifle job creation when our country needs it most.

It appears to escape some politicians and voters that business, whether large or small, will pass on any tax hikes they must pay into the price they charge you and me for their goods and services. Any tax hike on business is really a tax hike on you and me! I know it is a hard concept to understand, especially for those who are only familiar with government employment with no accountability for profits or success. Only people pay taxes, business whether large or small collect taxes as part of their cost basis of their product or service!

With the unemployment rate hovering around 10%, it's amazing that Speaker Pelosi is even considering a tax increase on businesses. Large and small businesses are the engine for job creation in our country, not the government. The people of New Hampshire deserve to know where Frank Guinta and Carol Shea-Porter in NH CD-1 race, Charlie Bass and Annie Kuster in NH CD-2 race, and Kelly Ayotte and Paul Hodes in the US Senate race stand on the Obama-Pelosi business tax hikes before we vote in November!

Work Hard Have Fun!

Bob DeMaura


NHI Endorses Mahoney in CD-1, Horn in CD-2 and Ovide for US Senate

After careful consideration, NHInsider.com Editor endorses the following candidates in the Republican Primary being held today September 14th. Please remember to vote!

In the NH First Congressional District we endorse Sean Mahoney. Though the race appears to be a tight one our selection of Mr. Mahoney is strong and decisive. Mr. Mahoney has the skill set and the character attributes we feel necessary in today’s contentious legislative environment. He is even tempered, thinks things through before coming to a conclusion. Not swayed by the emotional aspects of illegal immigration, Mr Mahoney sees the issue as solvable without amnesty nor a wholesale herding up and deporting of all these individuals.

Mr Guinta, his closest rival tries to pass himself off as a Conservative but his voting record in the NH House was anything but Conservative. Perhaps the most egregious was his vote against Parental Notification allowing a minor female to get an abortion without her parent’s knowledge. This violates the most basic tenet of Conservatism, Strong Families! Mr. Guinta seems to have a temper too as displayed during the recent WMUR/UL debates, and has neither knowledge nor experience in creating jobs. Mr. Guinta’s only relevant experience is as a politician.

Only Mr. Mahoney of all the candidates in CD-1 has first hand experience in job creation. Mr. Ashooh seems to be a genuine conservative, though somewhat reactionary such as his stand on illegal immigrants. Mr Ashooh career as a Lobbyist involved with the military industrial complex would be a hard sell for the voters at this time. Let’s let the Democrats try the “Pre-Corrupted Politician” strategy in CD-2 and see how that works out for them. Mr. Bestani has a ton of relevant experience as a government employee but was unable to get any traction with his campaign.

We feel Jennifer Horn is the best hope for NH to get the Second Congressional District back in the hands of a conservative Republican. She is strong on the Constitution and the role of a Congressman. Jennifer understands the limited role the Federal Government was given by the Constitution, the Sovereignty of the States, especially when it comes to the Health, Education and Welfare of the citizens.

Mr. Bass her main competition is a great person, though disingenuous with his recent conversion to the Tea Party philosophies. Mr. Bass was perhaps one of the more moderate Republicans when he served previously, voting 60% with his party, and 40% with the opposition. Mr Bass was actually far more representative of the NH CD-2 district than Paul Hodes has been with his 94% partisan voting record. Mr Bass is tied to the Bush legacy. He also promised, at one time, to abide by term limits and has reneged on his word. Bob Giuda seems to be a strong liberty minded candidate who we hope continues to stay involved, the many varied voices makes the Republicans stronger.

Ovide Lamontagne is our choice for the open Judd Gregg US Senate seat. He is by far the most conservative candidate in the field. Ovide has displayed an understanding of the constitution and the limited role of the Federal Government. Ovide is an even tempered, well spoken individual whom I am proud to say I support.

I will not have any reservations voting for Ms Ayotte or Mr. Bender should either win the nomination. Ms Ayotte understands the laws of the land and State Soveignty. While Mr. Bender, a successful business man, knows how jobs are created and how the economy operates. Mr. Binnie however is another story, at first I was impressed but as time wore on we learned that he is very liberal in his politics. He completely misunderstands the urgency of the Arizona Illegal Immigration law. Mr Binnie has also become something of a chameleon; with each new TV Ad he makes another change or redefinition of his positions. He wants the job too much, making it more about his needs than ours.

Finally we support Mr. Stephen in the Governors race. He has the relevant experience with State Budgets and a proven record of leadership in keeping costs down while leading Health and Human Services during the Benson Administration.

I do want to congratulate Mr. Kimball on running a great campaign. Though not quite ready to win the Governors office he has undergone a marvelous transformation. I saw him a little over a year ago when he first announced he was running. At that time I thought he had potential but was he ever “green” as in new. I heard him speak last month and Oh MY the difference. He is now a polished and dynamic speaker, he clearly states his positions, and passionately defends them. I believe that Mr. Kimball is an up and coming future leader in the NH GOP’s stable of candidates.

Again I can’t stress enough that it is important that all the “losers” today, stay connected as their leadership is needed on the State level.