Manchester, NH - Paul Collins, New Hampshire Senior Advisor to Jon Huntsman for President, issued the following statement in response to the Romney campaign's comments on the Nevada boycott:
"It is clear that Governor Romney's campaign is not backing away from its efforts to undermine New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation tradition. While I respect Representative Hess, his comments today regarding the Nevada boycott couldn't be further from the truth. Governor Huntsman has shown leadership by taking a stand for New Hampshire and I'm encouraged that other candidates have followed him by boycotting Nevada's caucuses. The only ploy at work here is the Romney campaign's ploy to game the primary system to their benefit. Fortunately, Governor Huntsman is willing to stand up for New Hampshire's tradition and importance in the primary process."
Romney Supporter State Rep. David Hess Called The Nevada Caucus Boycott A “Ploy And Publicity Stunt” Started By Gov. Huntsman. “One of them, 11-term state Rep. David Hess, R-Hooksett a long-time member of House leadership, feels Romney is being unfairly singled out for criticism for not boycotting Nevada. ‘I think we have to wait and see how this Nevada thing plays out,’ said Hess, the assistant majority leader. ‘Mitt Romney has been a resident of New Hampshire for a decade or two. He understands New Hampshire and I don’t think he is going to do anything to diminish its significance or detract from its relevance in the process.’ Hess called the boycott ‘a ploy and a publicity stunt’ started by former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman ‘to try to differentiate himself.’” (John DiStaso, “As Boycott Pressure Mounts, Long-Time NH House Leader Defends Romney,” The New Hampshire Union Leader, 10/18/11)