Dear Friends and supporters,
We had a great and overwhelming victory on Saturday at the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers annual picnic and straw poll. We received nearly 50% of all votes cast. This big grassroots victory is more evidence that our campaign is on the move - please sign up today and help us with your most generous donation right away so that we can maintain our momentum!
I also know our campaign is on the move because I was smeared on Saturday with an outrageous and false attack by a fringe group on my 2nd Amendment record, claiming that I previously supported a statewide ban on guns - can you believe that! This nonsensical charge - which was made by the same people years ago during my successful primary campaign for Governor, and rejected by the voters at that time - refers to a debate on a safe school bill that was ultimately passed by a Republican controlled House; passed by a Republican controlled Senate; and signed into law by a Republican Governor.
During my tenure as Chairman of the State Board of Education, I testified to encourage a compromise to make schools safer while protecting our fundamental 2nd Amendment rights. In fact, I closed my testimony by saying "The last thing I would intend and wish to achieve through this legislation is to infringe upon the rights of those who seek to bear arms. I am one of the members of that community. I don't want this legislation to interfere with my right to do that." Apparently, our opponents won't let facts get in the way of their mudslinging!
I am outraged by these despicable attacks on my character and my record, and I need your immediate support to help me set the record straight and fight back! I have long been a passionate advocate of protecting our individual rights to keep and bear arms as set forth in the 2nd Amendment. I have been a member of the NRA since 1992, and I received an A Rating from the NRA as the 1996 Republican Gubernatorial nominee - after these bogus charges were originally made! I am also proud to have the support of some of New Hampshire's finest 2nd Amendment activists who share my strong views.
A former Marine, Jeff Frost, wrote my campaign immediately after this attack was made, and I thought you should see his note to me as well:
"I am very happy to see the campaign share the truth about Ovide and the 2nd Amendment. As a Marine officer who was on our Marine Air Group rifle and pistol team that tested the latest version of the M-16 rifle in the lead up to the 1984 Olympics, I am very disturbed by these foolish and false claims against Ovide as to his support of the 2nd Amendment. I know Ovide's commitment to our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms is firm and unwavering. His vote and life long conservative and correct commitment is without reproach. I trust that all of us that have been armed in the protection of our Constitution and country as service members sleep well at night with Ovide's well thought out commitment to the 2nd Amendment. Please let him know that I will help him spread the truth about his A+ record on the 2nd Amendment. I will vote for him for many reasons, and his support of our right to keep and bear arms is just one of those many reasons."
I appreciate the immediate support of Jeff and so many others who have rallied to my side. While this attack is disappointing, I am not surprised. I am gaining momentum as the only conservative in the race for Senate, and this kind of mudslinging and spreading of falsehoods is all too common in politics today to try and tear others down.
Well, I'm not going to take these attacks lying down. I'm going to fight back, but I need your help! Please stand with me today and make your most generous donation to my campaign, so we can fight back against the smears!
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