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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.


A Blueprint for a Republican Resurgence 

Guest Editorial 

By Sean Mahoney, Republican National Committeeman

What does it mean to be a Republican today?

When I came of age during the Ronald Reagan era, it meant you stood strong for lower taxes on working families, limited government, and more personal accountability.

Today, after nearly a decade of misguided leadership from Republicans in Washington, many Americans believe it means tax cuts for the rich, expanding government programs, ever-greater government spending and pointing the finger across the aisle. Our own party abandoned its mantle of fiscal responsibility.

We have gone from the smaller government, personal responsibility party of the Reagan Revolution to the arrogant, out-of-touch, free spending party of the past decade. 

Republicans in New Hampshire, actually most voters in New Hampshire, still cherish the values that brought me to the party. For too long Republican candidates have spent too much time worrying about what people in Washington think and not enough time listening to what the people of New Hampshire have to say.

If Republicans in New Hampshire are ever to reclaim majority status we need to stop playing the DC game and start recommitting ourselves to the people of New Hampshire. We need to stand firm against the “go along to get along” mentality of too many Washington Republicans.

As we move forward we have an opportunity to show voters what it means to be a Republican in the 21st Century.

I want to see us become the party of open government, innovative solutions and personal freedom.

First and foremost that starts with transparency. Candidates and office holders need to be open, honest and accountable. In order to stop the culture of corruption that has gripped Washington, DC as of late, we need to open campaigns up for the voters to see. Campaigns in New Hampshire need to focus on concerns of real voters along the banks of the Merrimack, not the power brokers along the Potomac.

The same is especially true for office holders. In Washington we need to end secret earmarks and reform the appropriations process to be more open and fair.  Government money should be spent based on merit and need, not on seniority and committee assignments.

In general the legislative process needs to be more open. It is never a good idea to push bills through without public hearing, but Members of Congress are now regularly voting on bills without having a solid understanding of what is in them. This can’t continue if we want to keep faith with the American people.

Second, we must stand up to the Democrat policy agenda with a policy agenda of our own. We can not continue to be labeled the “Party of No”. In the 1990’s it was Republican Governors who developed new policy ideas and drove the debate on things like welfare reform, Medicaid reform and tax policy.

Saying no to a government-run healthcare is the right thing to do, but at the same time we need to propose our own ideas on how to improve access to affordable health insurance.

The same is true on every issue. We all know that Cap and Trade is a bad policy that will cost the average family thousands of dollars, but we need to have our own plan to increase the use of alternative energy and reduce our dependence on oil.

Third, we need to reclaim the mantle of the “Party of Main Street”. Families across New Hampshire are still hurting from this recession. We all know that small businesses are the heart of the American economy. Two out of three net new jobs created each year are in small businesses. These businesses depend on fair tax policies and a predictable regulatory environment. These need to become the cornerstone of the Republican agenda: keeping taxes low and regulations within reason.

Fourth, we have to reestablish our fiscal responsibility credentials. It is easy for us to point to the record deficits of the Obama administration and claim that they are bankrupting our children, but Republicans spent freely under President Bush as well. No matter who has been responsible for the record spending of the last decade, it must stop.

Republicans must redouble their efforts to hold the line on spending.

Finally, we need to develop policies that advocate both personal responsibility and personal freedom. Whether it is reaffirming the Castle Doctrine, so that people have the freedom to protect themselves and their families, or maintaining the ability for people to make their own healthcare choices, Republicans need to put people before government.

It is time for Republicans to stop wringing their hands and start rebuilding our party. It is time to cast off the big government policies and strong arm perceptions of the Bush years and reaffirm our commitment to smaller government, local control, innovation and personal freedom.