Lynch Says Jump, Shea Asks "How High?"
CONCORD - In an interview with the Keene Sentinel last week Executive Councilor John Shea admitted that his main reason for running for office is to maintain a Democratic majority on the Council so he can be a yes man for Governor John Lynch's appointments and proposals.
Shea also indicated in the interview that Governor Lynch's staff are calling the shots for his campaign, including setting up his campaign committee for him and raising money for his re-election efforts. Discussing the change in campaign strategy this year, Shea said "This year the governor's staff has told me I don't understand the situation here - ‘We want this seat.'"
Explaining himself to the Sentinel, Shea said "The Governor, of course, wants to keep those three seats," continuing to add, "When you've got three Republicans, he cannot get people through."
"I'll bet that voters across the state from Brookfield to Chesterfield will be surprised to find out they elected John Shea to be a rubber stamp," said Fergus Cullen, Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party.
"In fact they will probably be as surprised as John Shea was when he got the call in Belgium notifying him that he'd been elected in the first place. Voters in the Second Council District deserve to be represented by an independent watchdog of taxpayer dollars, not someone who describes his job as doing Governor Lynch's bidding," Cullen said.
"That's why voters will reject John Shea and elect an independent voice in Dan St. Hilaire on November 4," Cullen added.
The Executive Council is a part of the executive branch of New Hampshire government and is intended to serve as a check on the power of the Governor.
Shea Sees his Role on the Council to be Lynch's Puppet: "The once-mystery candidate who two years ago won a seat on the N.H. Executive Council says he is running for re-election for two reasons - he loves his job, and his party loves having a majority... ‘The governor, of course, wants to keep three seats,' Shea, a Democrat from Nelson, said Tuesday afternoon in a meeting with Sentinel editors." ("Executive Councilor John Shea runs an activist campaign this time around," by Dan Greisman, The Keene Sentinel, 10/8/08)
Shea's Priority, Getting Lynch's Appointments Through: "‘When you've got three Republicans, he cannot get people through,' Shea said of Democratic Gov. John H. Lynch." ("Executive Councilor John Shea runs an activist campaign this time around," by Dan Greisman, The Keene Sentinel, 10/8/08)
Lynch's Staff is Pulling the Strings on Shea's Campaign: "‘I had never taken a contribution up to this year,' Shea said. ‘I refused them. And then this year the governor's staff has told me I don't understand the situation here - ‘We want this seat. You can't do it without raising money. We are going to form a Friends of John Shea committee.'" ("Executive Councilor John Shea runs an activist campaign this time around," by Dan Greisman, The Keene Sentinel, 10/8/08)
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