Everyone, what follows below is an edited email I've just sent to a certain individual who lives in Weare, NH. The sentiments in the email reverberate and are important for every other state house district in New Hampshire also. If you live in a district that has elected Democrats to the state house in the past, now is the time to step up and recruit Republicans to run, for all of the reasons outlined below. FYI. ---Tim
Dear "Barry Goldwater": I now get back in touch with you to continue what we were talking about, and to emphasize the importance of the upcoming election. I'm asking for your help in recruiting candidates from Weare that you know are Good (with a capital G). As you may be aware, the election in 8 months will be the last one under the current districts (which were imposed on us by the state supreme court some years ago; they are an obvious mess, and were designed to favor statist Democrats). Thanks to the state constitutional amendment that was conceived of and drafted by Paul Mirsky, the state supreme court will never again be able to seize power like a black-robed junta and redistrict the state.
In addition, because the Democrats have just about fiscally destroyed New Hampshire over the past six years---bequeathing us a historically unprecedented $600 million state budget deficit---the upcoming elections should result in a very large increase in the number of Republicans in the state house. Now, I know that you and others disdain Republicans just as much as you do Democrats. Because of the destruction of the party brand over the last 8 years by President Bush and others in Washington, DC, that feeling is well-founded. Except for Ron Paul, the ideals of libertarian-conservatism championed by Robert Taft, Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, and others have been pretty much sidelined. But that's changing in New Hampshire (and other places too, witness Pat Toomey in Pa., Marco Rubio in Fla., Chuck DeVore in Calif., Paul Ryan, Michelle Bachmann, Jim DeMint, and many others). The thing is, if libertarian-conservatives in New Hampshire won't run for office, then we can expect the GOP to continue to be controlled by unprincipled, DC-oriented party hacks.
Fortunately, that ain't happening. We currently have dozens of Republican state reps with A+, A, and A- grades on the NHLA report card (and no Democrats at all). Ditto for the House Republican Alliance, where there are dozens with scores of 90% or better. The numbers are increasing. But the only way to expand them is to ensure that responsible liberty-lovers to run for the state house (no nut-cases, please; we've got serious work to do in correcting the damage done to the state by the Democrats over the past 6 years). That's why I was asking about Weare, which shares an 8-seat district with Goffstown. Current state house reps in that district include the excellent Cal Pratt (A), John Hikel (A+), Gary Hopper (A), and Neal Kurk (A). But you've also got a D+ Democrat in the district, and Republicans with C's holding office. Why not replace them with all A's? Mark Warden is running, and will be great. He's from Goffstown. So are John Hikel, and Cal Pratt. But we also need good candidates from Weare. You know everyone, and you could run yourself if you wanted to. How about this: Just this election. One term and no more, in order to ensure that the state is steered back to sanity in 2011 and 2012. Then don't run again. Just once. (Besides, you might like it.)
If you won't (and I expect you won't), then how about helping by sending some Very Good Candidates who are willing to run, to talk to John Hikel? (He's the only A+ in your district.) Whoever runs in the upcoming election in 8 months as a Republican is going to win. We don't need RINO's who vote with the Democrats and will do more damages to the state (in fact, I've been working for the past year to identify and target those types of fake-Republicans). There's never been a better time for liberty-loving candidates to run as Republicans than right now. We have three months left to sign up our candidates. The deadline is in June. If we get good candidates for the state house from all over the state to run, our efforts will pay off big-time for the state and people of New Hampshire. Think about it.
Timothy Condon, Esq.