WEEKLY WRAP-UP: 4/2/10
"On The Road Again!"
Another great week gone by on the campaign trail. I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter and Happy Passover to my Jewish friends. I hope all are able to share these cherished holidays with family and loved ones. This weekend, we give thanks for our blessings regardless of creed, color, race, nationality or political party.
I am reminded by both holidays that this is a time of hope for New Hampshire and our nation, and I am encouraged by the "call to action" that so many of our friends, neighbors and family members are hearing. I am meeting a number of people who are coming out to political events for the first time in their lives . They are motivated to get involved and speak out for their freedoms, for limited government and for fixing a broken Washington. In fact, during my meeting on Wednesday night with the Goffstown-Weare GOP Committee, I met two local residents who both were getting involved for the first time.
The fact that new people are getting involved in the process encourages me - I say let hope not fear motivate and guide us. This climate of increased political and civic engagement - shown through the Tea Party movement, the 9/12 groups around our state, increased attendance at town hall meetings and GOP events - shows me that we are still the America we always have been. We still value the freedom, democracy and God given and Constitutional rights upon which this great country was founded. It is a season of renewal in a year of renewal and come November, Washington will have no choice but to again listen to the voice of the American people who want real change.
On Saturday we were up in North Conway at the home of Ray and Mary Ann Shakir. As you can see from the picture I've posted above, the view from their backyard explains why I like to call it "God's Country!" We had an excellent Q&A session and I had the opportunity to answer questions from some new supporters. We also had a surprise visit from state Senator Jeb Bradley, which was such a treat! He drove home the importance of our local and state offices and encouraged individuals to run (and encourage others to run) for state representative and state senate in their areas. I fully support this message and you can learn more on how to do so here.
I want to thank my events team and finance chairs for their efforts in organizing some great gatherings this past week. Recently Ron Covey of St. Mary's Bank and Mike L'Ecuyer of Bellwether Community Credit Union held a reception for me at the American Credit Union Museum in Manchester. As many of you may know, credit unions are near to my heart , and I am proud to have formerly served as Chairman of the St. Mary's Bank Board of Directors. Credit unions are run by their members, and were founded on the principle of community, the free market and people helping people.
Additionally, I want to thank the hundreds of supporters who contributed to my campaign and for the efforts of my finance chairs over the last few days before the closing of the quarter. Your assistance is deeply appreciated and is needed to continue this fight.
Yesterday I participated in a press conference with other GOP candidates
regarding the severe strain that President Obama's health care power grab is already having on New Hampshire's businesses. Paul Hodes calls this a jobs bill. You and I know that through new taxes, fees and mandates, it is a job killing bill. You can read more about it here and also listen to audio from the conference.
We finished the week in the North Country again, this time in beautiful and warm Lincoln at the Grafton County Lincoln Reagan GOP Dinner held at the Indian Head Resort. We saw a number of good friends and terrific local leaders, and I enjoyed having the opportunity to talk to the crowd about my views on reforming Washington.
Grassroots Activists Of The Week
Thanks to the Host Committee of the Attorneys for Ovide event, including Paul Alfano, Marty Baroff, Fred Coolbroth, Jason Cole, Sy Dahar, Lou DeMato, Craig Donais, Susan Duprey, Gordon MacDonald, Brian Moushegian, Steve Schulthess, Abby Sykas, Dave Vicinanzo, and Dan Will. It was a great room, and I enjoyed speaking to so many business and community leaders about jobs and the economy. All of you, along with the finance team, are the grassroots activists of the week for dedicating so much of your time, hard work and effort.
In Case You Missed It
If you were unable to attend our Nashua reception last week, you can view the video that TV13 took here!
- April 2 at 7:00pm - First Friday with Ovide Lamontagne! Series put on by the Peterborough Republican Town Committee. Please join us at Brady's American Grill, Brady's Plaza, Rte. 202, North Peterborough.
- April 5th at 6:30pm - The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Annual Legislative Dinner, at the Bedford Village Inn on Rte. 101 in Bedford.
- April 8 at 7:15 am - Please join us for the Merrimack Rotary Club meeting at O'Leary Adult Community Center, 4 Church Street in Merrimack.
- April 8 at 9:30am - Our first 'Moms Meet the Candidates' Event at the home of Doug and Shannon McGinley, 4 Balsam Court, Bedford. All are welcome!
- April 8 at 7:00pm - Nashua GOP Committee at the Hampton Inn, 472 Amherst Street in Nashua.
- April 10 at 9:30am - Please join us for a Meet and Greet at the home of John and Carolyn Payzant at 50 Mill Pond Road in New Castle!
- April 10 at 5:00pm - New Hampshire Wildlife Federation (NHWF) Banquet will be at the Executive Court in Manchester. Social Hour at 5:00pm, Dinner at 6:00pm. $50 per ticket.
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