“The Sandwich Democrat in a weekend TV interview declined to weigh in on bids to repeal the death penalty and legalize same sex marriage, two bills that passed the Democrat-controlled House last week.”
-Conway Daily Sun On Willard “Bud” Martin’s Refusal To Discuss His Campaign Platform (4/3/09)
GOP: Martin Hiding From Death Penalty And Gay Marriage
Conway Daily Sun
April 3, 2009
Republicans are pouncing on a refusal by Willard “Bud” Martin to take sides on controversial gay marriage and death penalty legislation, less than a month before a special election could make him the deciding vote in the state Senate.
The Sandwich Democrat in a weekend TV interview declined to weigh in on bids to repeal the death penalty and legalize same sex marriage, two bills that passed the Democrat-controlled House last week.
Martin told WMUR in the interview aired Sunday he didn't want to send a “postcard” telegraphing how he'd cast votes, noting he'd first grant “hearings” to constituents.
He also said taxes had become a “pejorative” and that voters should first consider if they want to “fix the potholes” and then figure out how to pay for services.
The state arm of the GOP blasted Martin for “praising higher taxes” and tiptoeing around hot-button social issues to hide his liberal bent.
“Bud Martin needs to stop dodging the issues and answer questions about his support for the radical bills coming through the Legislature,” said New Hampshire Republican State Committee communications director, Ryan Williams.
“Working families simply can’t afford Bud Martin’s disastrous tax and spend agenda,” he added.
But Martin, who was not gentle attacking Denley's record as a one-term state representative, has walked into a new level of combat with Bradley. The battle-scarred heavyweight, fighting for his political life after two tough losses, has seized on two polarizing social issues that are even splitting some Democrats.
Gov. John Lynch, who has campaigned in person for Martin, Thursday said at an appearance in Hale's Location he still believed marriage was "between a man and a woman."