NH Primary at Risk: Democrats Favor Big Name, Big Money Candidates

For Immediate Release

Monday, July 24, 2006

Contact: Wayne Semprini


(Concord,NH) – The Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee voted to allow Nevada to hold a caucus between Iowa and New Hampshire during the 2008 Presidential election. This ruling would place New Hampshire third in line to host Presidential contenders.

New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne Semprini said the decision was, “bad for New Hampshire and bad for the country.” Focusing on the Democratic National Committee decision to change the calendar, Semprini said, “This recent decision by the Democrats favors candidates who already have national name recognition and substantial campaign funds, all others need not apply!”

New Hampshire is known for its tradition of hosting the First in the Nation Presidential Primary, a tradition Wayne Semprini says is now on the verge of extinction thanks to the Democrats. “New Hampshire voters know how to hold a candidate’s feet to the fire and make them answer the tough questions. Conversely, if a candidate has a strong message that resonates with the voters, their campaign can really take off because of the grassroots campaigning that candidates must engage in here in New Hampshire,” said Semprini.

“This decision takes candidates from campaigning in people’s living rooms and forces them to campaign tarmac to tarmac,” said Semprini. “It’s a shame that the process has been allowed to reach this point. I certainly hope that every Democratic Party official from Governor Lynch on down will put serious pressure on the DNC and every Presidential hopeful that campaigns here to protect our time-honored tradition.”