If history is any indication, backing from Manchester Mayor does not bode well
for candidate's chances
Concord - Today, Sean Mahoney's campaign for Congress was dealt a huge blow when it was announced that Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas had endorsed his candidacy. Over the past two years, Ted Gatsas has leant his public support to nearly every losing GOP candidate in the state of New Hampshire. From Bob Clegg's loss in the 2008 Second Congressional District Republican primary, to Jason Sakellar and Doug Kruse's failed campaigns for state Senate, a Gatsas endorsement usually ensures defeat.
The last 12 months haven't been any better for Gatsas's endorsees. Last November, 13 of the 14 Aldermanic candidates endorsed by the Manchester Mayor lost their elections. And Terry Pfaff, his handpicked successor for the District 16 state Senate seat, also lost. Despite having Gatsas chair his campaign, Pfaff couldn't even survive the Republican primary.
"The notion that Mayor Gatsas can deliver votes for a Republican candidate is laughable," said Mike Brunelle, executive director of the New Hampshire Democratic Party and chair of the Manchester City Democrats. "Candidates that Ted Gatsas has supported have a win-loss record that even the New Jersey Nets and Baltimore Orioles would be embarrassed of."
A Union Leader article this morning quoted Sean Mahoney as saying that Gatsas will be a "critical source of advice and counsel during this primary." But if history is any indication, the Mayor just cost Mahoney the Republican nomination.
"Poor Sean Mahoney," continued Brunelle. "First, he spends an endless amount of his own money to lose the Republican primary for Congress in 2002. Then, he couldn't even manage to win the Republican nomination in his race for the Executive Council in 2006. Now, he is almost sure to fail in his latest efforts. At some point, you just have to feel sorry for him."
Sean Mahoney faces Richard Charles Parent, Andrew Kohlhofer, Kevin Rondeau, former Mayor Frank Guinta, Rich Ashooh, Bob Bestani, and Peter Bearse in an overcrowded Republican Primary this September.