Thursday, June 22, 2006
Presidential Primary: The DNC Should Back Off
Portsmouth State Rep. Jim Splaine, who sponsored laws since 1975 and another that was signed by Governor John Lynch in April mandating New Hampshire's First-In-The-Nation Presidential Primary will be one week or more before a similar election, has called on the Democratic National Committee to reverse its plans to hold a second early caucus.
The DNC's rules and bylaws committee voted on Thursday to hold a new election event between the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire's primary in 2008. That vote has to be ratified by the full DNC next month.
Splaine said, "There is no way New Hampshire will lose our traditional lead-off status, and all that the vote of the rules and bylaws committee does is make the national democrats look bad. It's obvious that the party bosses want to control more of the process for the selection of future presidential nominees, but we won't let that happen."
He added, "Our state laws protect our first-in-the-nation status, and no dictate by Washington-based politicians is going to change that. Our Secretary of State is able to react to the election schedule of any other state and under our law he has the authority to set our date ahead of the current Iowa Caucus, if necessary, in order to guarantee New Hampshire's traditional role in the 2008 presidential election process. New Hampshire citizens pay to hold our primary, not the political parties. We can hold it whenever we wish.
Splaine warned, "If the Democratic National Committee continues to play with the election schedule, candidates of both parties are likely not to know the exact dates of the election cycle until late in the fall of 2007, the time when New Hampshire's primary date will be confirmed. The DNC can end the confusion now by recognizing the value of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary, and calling off any further attempts to jump others ahead."