MANCHESTER – Senator John Sununu yesterday was endorsed by the New Hampshire Union Leader and Foster’s Daily Democrat, two of the Granite State’s leading newspapers. Both publications cited Sununu’s record of fiscal conservatism and principled, independent leadership in their endorsements.
“In John E. Sununu, New Hampshire has a truly independent, principled, fiscally conservative and reform-minded senator. In Washington, that is the rarest of all things,” writes the Union Leader. “Let's make sure we send him back there so he can continue being a voice of reason and conscience in a governing body desperately in need of both.”
Foster’s, Jeanne Shaheen’s hometown newspaper, had previously backed one of her gubernatorial campaigns. In supporting Sununu, the publication also highlighted Shaheen’s tax and spend record and her history of phony election year pledges as reasons why New Hampshire voters should reject her candidacy.
“Shaheen will say anything to get elected. The one thing you can be sure of if she is elected will be [her] willingness to shift gears from forward to reverse,” writes Foster’s. “Jeanne Shaheen's record is one of the reasons Foster's Daily Democrat unhesitatingly endorses the re-election of Sen. John E. Sununu. Sununu can be trusted to keep his word and work on behalf of the people of New Hampshire and the United States.”
Sununu For Senate: The Only Choice For NH
New Hampshire Sunday News
September 28, 2008
“Six years ago, this newspaper endorsed John E. Sununu for U.S. Senate, writing, ‘John E. Sununu has stood out as one of the country's brightest and most innovative House members. If New Hampshire voters elect him to the U.S. Senate this Tuesday, he will become a national leader in the new generation shaping America's future.’ Sen. Sununu has proven that assessment correct, and today we happily endorse him again.
“In 2005, President Bush and the Republican Congress were at the height of their post-9/11 power. They pushed a flurry of horrible bills that led directly to the massive GOP defeat in 2006. Three bills that year that came to symbolize the party's eventual demise: the gargantuan Medicare prescription drug benefit, the transportation bill that contained 6,371 earmarks, including the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere," and the administration's pork-and subsidy-filled energy bill opposed by virtually every public interest group from Public Citizen on the left to the Heritage Foundation on the right.
Sununu voted against all three of them.
“When the White House pushed the Patriot Act, Sununu held out for the inclusion of civil rights provisions even though he stood virtually alone in his own party.
“What about the most pressing issues of this election? All the way back in 2003, his first year in the Senate, Sununu sponsored legislation to boost federal oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, urging reforms that might have prevented the current home mortgage meltdown. He also has spent years advocating for better oversight of insurance companies such as AIG, which taxpayers bailed out this month. And he was for both increased domestic oil drilling and more investment in alternative energy sources before gasoline hit $4 a gallon.
“Had Washington followed Sununu's lead, we would not be in the mess we are in today.”
Shaheen Will Give Voters Higher Taxes
Foster’s Sunday Citizen
September 28, 2008
“New Hampshire homeowners are being pummeled with taxes — property taxes.
“What does Jeanne Shaheen want to talk about? Almost anything as long as it's not her record on taxes. And while she spends almost every waking hour crowing about what she will do if she is elected to the U.S. Senate, it's her record on taxes — the statewide property tax in particular – where she knows she is vulnerable.
“Shaheen will say anything to get elected. The one thing you can be sure of if she is elected will be [her] willingness to shift gears from forward to reverse.
“Shaheen was elected governor in 1996 and again in 1998 on a platform that promised no broad-based income or sales tax and no statewide property tax. Once sworn in for a second time, she did a backflip that might have won her an Olympic medal. She hardly had time to lower her hand from taking the oath when she put the statewide property tax into play – the same statewide property tax that is an ingredient in why homeowners throughout the state are shouting for property tax relief.”
“Jeanne Shaheen's record is one of the reasons Foster's Daily Democrat unhesitatingly endorses the re-election of Sen. John E. Sununu. Sununu can be trusted to keep his word and work on behalf of the people of New Hampshire and the United States.”