Jennifer Horn Files for Congress
NASHUA - Joined by family and friends, Jennifer Horn filed her paperwork with the Secretary of State to formally become a candidate for US Congress in the Second Congressional District of New Hampshire. Jennifer Horn issued the following statement:
"Today we take another giant step toward winning this seat back for the people of New Hampshire. The reign of career politicians and Washington insiders is coming to an end and the people are reclaiming their authority over Congress.”
“We can reform congress and make it work for the people, by enacting term-limits and ending the influence of lobbyist dollars. We can stop the spending by passing a balanced budget amendment, eliminating earmarks, placing sunset provisions on all legislation and enacting a constitutionally sound line item veto. We need to immediately repeal 'Obamacare' and replace it with a Health insurance system that will actually make Health care more affordable and more accessible. And we can create jobs by creating an environment where small businesses can grow and succeed without excessive government regulation and taxation.”
“The future of our nation is bright and I am confident that we can achieve all this and more, but we must change the kind of people we send to represent us. It is time for a Congresswoman with the political courage to do what is right, not what is politically expedient. A new day is coming to Washington and the people of the 2nd District are leading the way."
Republican congressional candidate Jennifer Horn, of Nashua, said angry voters across the country are turning to women candidates who are principled conservatives to offer fresh leadership.
Horn said voters have a striking contrast in this primary in which she faces former six-term U.S. Rep. Charles Bass. "Big spending, big government, cap-and-trade Republicans are no better than big spending, big government, cap-and-trade Democrats,'' Horn said of Bass.
'Watch out,' Horn enters race
Candidate: Voters have clear choice
By Karen Langley / Monitor staff
June 11, 2010
Jennifer Horn sounded a warning to career politicians and false conservatives alike yesterday as she signed up to run for Congress in the 2nd District.
"Watch out, insiders and incumbents," Horn said. "We are on the march."
Horn, the Republican nominee for the seat in 2008, said voters have a clear choice in this year's primary, in which she will face former congressman Charlie Bass and former state representative Bob Giuda. Bass supported Horn in 2008, at one point writing he could not imagine a candidate who would better represent New Hampshire.
But Horn yesterday targeted Bass, saying the six-term congressman voted as a moderate throughout his career before reinventing himself as a conservative in this campaign. "He's a big-spending, big-government, cap-and-trade Republican," Horn said yesterday.
The Bass campaign rejected that characterization, pointing to votes Bass cast in Congress for across-the-board spending cuts and earmark disclosure.
He voted 21 times for 1 percent across-the-board cuts on appropriations bills and in 2006 co-sponsored a bill to make earmarks subject to amendment and require representatives' names to be attached to their earmarks, according to the campaign.
That legislation died in committee.
About two dozen supporters gathered at the State House yesterday to watch Horn, 46, file her campaign papers.
She was accompanied by her husband, Bill, and their sons, Thomas, 17, Zacchaeus, 15, and Jefferson, 13. The Horns also have an 18-year-old son, at work yesterday, and a 24-year-old daughter who lives in New York.
Horn is a former radio host and a columnist for the Telegraph of Nashua. She grew up the fourth of 10 children in upstate New York, where she was educated at Catholic schools. She attended a small Catholic college in Albany, where she studied communications, education and English but did not graduate. For her first job, Horn traveled across New York for Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, recruiting doctors for one of the first HMOs.
The Horns moved to New Hampshire in 2001, when Bill Horn began working for Fidelity Investments in Merrimack. They live in Nashua.
During her 2008 campaign, Horn emphasized her experiences as a mother, saying that taking responsibility for the lives of others engaged her in politics.
Horn portrayed herself yesterday as the true conservative candidate. She said the United States must continue off-shore drilling, along with seeking alternative fuel sources, to achieve energy independence, and she said the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico would not have happened with proper industry practice and government oversight.
Horn wants to cut government spending by allowing a line-item veto and eliminating earmarks. She favors building a fence on the border with Mexico and opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants.
She says Congress can create jobs by balancing its budget and lowering fuel prices. Among Horn's supporters yesterday was Patrick McDougall, who owns a video production business in Salem. McDougall said he believes Horn would support small businesses and limit government spending. McDougall, 35, said he also likes that Horn has never held elected office.
"Though I respect Charlie Bass, I think it would be good to have more people in Washington with new ideas," McDougall said.
Horn dismissed the financial advantage Bass brings to the race. Fundraising reports through March show Bass with $264,691 in his campaign coffers and no debt, while Horn reported $42,189 in the bank and $241,832 in campaign debt. Giuda reported $44,693 on hand and $37,500 in debt.
"This is not about who can raise the most money," Horn said. "This is about who can raise the most votes."