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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.


Jennifer Horn: Squishy Republicans are Almost as Bad as Democrats

In the special congressional election in New York's 23rd District, the liberal Republican dropped out last week, leaving the Democrat to face a Conservative Party challenger backed by Sarah Palin and other notable conservatives. It sends a powerful message: Those who believe that 2010 will be a typical mid-term election year in which the minority party sweeps to victory are sadly disconnected from the voters. Republicans are tired of having to plug their noses when they vote; independents are frustrated by a lack of real choice; and even many Democrats feel betrayed by a party that  is leading our country down a perilous path.
While the Democratic leadership in Congress is responsible for the debacle we face today, Republicans of past majorities must also take responsibility for the role they played in opening the door to a government that is too big, too intrusive and too expensive.
Somewhere along the way, we started thinking that the way to win elections in New England was to sound like a Democrat. We abandoned our principles and embraced big-government and big-spending policies. As a result, Republicans were fired in 2006.
And now Americans are paying the price. Socialized medicine, nationalized banks  and government-owned auto companies are not the America we grew up in, and it is not the America we want to pass down to our children.
The American birthright of unlimited opportunity will be destroyed by jobs-crushing policies such as cap-and-trade and by costly government expansion such as the health care reform bill. The further into our lives we allow government to creep, the more opportunity becomes limited and the more our freedom and individual liberties are diminished.
While concern for all of these issues is at an all-time high, above all of them  is an overriding frustration and anger directed at an arrogant, corrupt Congress that has blatantly put party and power above the people and the Constitution. This, more than anything else, is what has inspired the people of our country over the past several months to rise up in protest against what is supposed to be a representative government.
The people are making their voices heard, sending a resounding message that they will not tolerate self-serving, big-government, free-spending politicians, and  they will not waste any more votes on them. It is time to defend our rights as citizens of a free nation, time to rein in an out-of-control Congress and time to hold our elected representatives accountable for their destructive actions.
We have two paths before us. We can go back to nominating Republicans who sound  like Democrats and hope that by blurring the lines between the two parties, the  voters will choose us. Or, we can stand firmly for the principles that make our  nation strong and offer the voters a real choice.
We've tried the first way, and we saw our party lose election after election in  the Northeast, and the country suffer as a result. This summer, citizens tried the second way, and they started a revolution.
If the Republican Party is to be the voice of tomorrow, it must return to its roots.
The principles of personal freedom, unlimited opportunity and small, limited government are the path to a free and prosperous tomorrow.
We must stand together and be deafening in our message that we will not allow this Congress to continue its march toward an America that would make our Founding Fathers cry.
We live in a great nation. America is a nation of grand dreams, great efforts and extraordinary achievement. We require bold leaders who embrace the unlimited potential of our nation to grow in prosperity and accomplishment and remain forever a beacon of hope to freedom-seeking people everywhere.
Jennifer Horn, a former newspaper columnist and radio talk show host from Nashua, is running for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Hampshire's 2nd District.