NHGOP - Statement on Martin (D) Campaign's Politics of Personal Destruction

CONCORD – Today, former New Hampshire Governor and Republican State Committee Chairman John H. Sununu released the following statement on Bud Martin’s campaign manager’s long history of dirty politics:


“Everyone wondered why the Democratic State Committee would bring in a political ‘hired gun’ to run a New Hampshire State Senate special election. Now we all know why. They brought in a specialist in campaigns based on personal attacks and distortion instead of discussion of the issues. We now find out that this political operative had been fired from a 2006 Minnesota campaign after doctoring a photograph in an attempt to portray the opponent – a decorated war veteran – as a Nazi. This Democrat strategy of basing the District 3 race on personal attacks now explains the almost comical performance of the Democrat candidate last Sunday on TV when he said he wouldn't discuss issues in the campaign because it would ‘send a postcard out in advance on everything he was going to do’ if elected to the Senate.


“Campaigns based on personal attacks and avoiding discussing the issues of taxes, spending, efficiency of government, and short-changing our cities and towns seems to be business as usual for the New Hampshire Democrats.”




In 2006, Bud Martin’s Top Aide Joe Elcock Managed Minnesota Democrat Colleen Rowley’s Congressional Campaign (The Hill, 2/2/06)


Elcock’s Campaign Posted A Picture Depicting Their Opponent – A Decorated War Veteran – As A Nazi:


  • “In a tersely worded letter Monday, Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) asked his Democratic opponent, Colleen Rowley, who made national headlines in 2003 as an FBI whistle-blower, to stop depicting him as a Nazi on her campaign blog and to apologize immediately.” (The Hill, 2/2/06)


Elcock’s Attempts To Smear His Opponent Were Harshly Criticized:


  • “Your attempts to smear my good name and 25 years of honorable service in the United States Marine Corps by equating me to a Nazi shows a lack of perspective, a lack of seriousness and a lack of good judgment,” [Kline] wrote. “You should be ashamed of yourself.” (The Hill, 2/2/06)