342,488 Reasons to Never Say You're Sorry

Concord, NH – New Hampshire GOP Chairman Wayne Semprini today called on New Hampshire Democrats to stand up to their Party Chairman and denounce John Kerry’s comments denigrating the U.S. Armed Forces. In today’s Manchester Union Leader New Hampshire Democrat Chairman Kathy Sullivan echoed John Kerry’s belief that he does not owe America’s Armed Forces an apology stating “ I agree with John Kerry ….”

“John Kerry’s outrageous comments belittling the intelligence of our troops in Iraq are disgraceful. New Hampshire citizens are proud of the men and women who defend our freedom and we appreciate their service and sacrifice, unlike the Chairman of the New Hampshire Democrat Party who believes Senator Kerry does not owe our men and women in uniform an apology,” said Semprini. “The silence coming from Democrats all across New Hampshire shows just how out of touch they are with voters. It makes a person wonder if New Hampshire Democrats actually agree with John Kerry or are they just willing to bite their tongues because of the money he has given to them.”

Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter were some of John Kerry’s staunchest New Hampshire supporters in 2004 and they are benefiting tremendously from his support in their congressional races. On the front page of John Kerry’s Political Action Committee (PAC) website (www.keepingamericaspromise.com) Hodes and Shea-Porter are listed as two of Kerry’s top priorities this election cycle. There is also a link for direct solicitations to their campaigns (https://contribute.keepingamericaspromise.com/s15a.html?sc=hp).

John Kerry’s campaign committee and his PAC have funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to New Hampshire Democrats including over $300,000 to the NH Democrat Party, and thousands to Governor Lynch and Paul Hodes. Additionally, there is another FEC filing report due today that may show additional contributions to Hodes and Shea-Porter.

“The silence coming from Lynch, Hodes and Shea-Porter must mean they agree with John Kerry’s despicable and denigrating remarks. Democrats across the country have sided with America’s Armed Services and called on Kerry to apologize. It’s time for New Hampshire Democrats to do the same,” concluded Semprini.

NEW HAMPSHIRE DEMOCRAT PARTY CHAIRMAN:

"I agree with John Kerry …” Riley Yates, In NH, Kerry words sting, Manchester Union Leader, November 1, 2006)

The Democrats 342,488 Reasons Why New Hampshire Democrats Side With John Kerry and Against Our Armed Services

Amount

Recepient

Source

Date

$5,000

New Hampshire Democratic Party

Kerry Committee

3/13/01

$250,000

New Hampshire Democratic Party

John Kerry for President

10/18/04

$41,488

New Hampshire Democratic Party

John Kerry for President

10/26/04

$1,000

Molly Kelly for State Senate

Keeping America’s Promise

3/27/06

$2,000

Committee to Elect House Democrats

Keeping America’s Promise

12/19/05

$2,000

Committee to Elect House Democrats

Keeping America’s Promise

10/06/05

$1,000

Committee to Elect House Democrats

Keeping America’s Promise

6/27/05

$2,500

NH Senate Democratic Caucus

Keeping America’s Promise

12/19/05

$5,000

NH Senate Democratic Caucus

Keeping America’s Promise

10/06/05

$2,500

NH Senate Democratic Caucus

Keeping America’s Promise

6/17/05

$1,000

The Lynch Committee

Keeping America’s Promise

10/28/05

$1,000

The Lynch Committee

Keeping America’s Promise

6/17/05

$5,000

NH Democratic State Committee

Keeping America’s Promise

10/06/05

$10,000

NH Democratic State Committee

Keeping America’s Promise

8/19/05

$1,000

Pignatelli for Executive Council

Keeping America’s Promise

6/27/05

$1,000

Iris Estabrook for State Senate

Keeping America’s Promise

6/16/06

$1,000

Martha Fuller Clark for State Senate

Keeping America’s Promise

6/16/06

$1,000

Maggie Hassan ‘06

Keeping America’s Promise

6/16/06

$1,000

Sylvia Larsen for State Senate

Keeping America’s Promise

6/16/06

$3,000

NH Democratic Senate Caucus

Keeping America’s Promise

6/16/06

$1,000

Molly Kelly for State Senate

Keeping America’s Promise

6/16/06

$1,000

Elect Elizabeth A Roth

Keeping America’s Promise

6/28/06

$1,000

Bev Hollingwoth for Executive Council

Keeping America’s Promise

9/21/06

$1,000

DeVries 2006

Keeping America’s Promise

10/12/06

$1,000

Paul Hodes for Congress

Keeping America’s Promise

6/30/06

$342,488

Totals pending November 1st reports