Concord - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement on Jack Kimball's election as the New Hampshire Republican Party Chair.
"Jack Kimball's election as Chair completes the radical right wing take over of the Republican Party in the Granite State. Never before has the chair of either the Republican or Democratic Party in the Granite State proposed a litmus test for candidates. We Granite Staters are by nature fiercely independent people. Either political party forcing everyone of their candidates to have the exact same set of beliefs is directly at odds with that independence.
"In addition, Jack Kimball has a history of making offensive statements. Less than a year ago, as a candidate for Governor, he compared paying taxes to violent sexual assault. That kind of rhetoric has no place in New Hampshire or in civil political discourse anywhere.
"Be it the election of Jack Kimball, or the reckless and out of touch behavior of Republican legislators thus far, it is clear that the New Hampshire GOP is embracing the fringe of their party."