DNC - WMUR: 28 NH Romney Backers Voted For Bridge Project Romney Plans To Mock



 28 NH Romney Backers Voted For Bridge Project Romney Plans To Mock


Friday afternoon, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is scheduled to return to New Hampshire to make fun of an historic Hillsborough bridge that received stimulus funds. The stone arch bridge doesn’t even cross the river. You have to turn around because there is only one way to access it.

During the 2010 election, one Republican Congressional candidate dubbed it “New Hampshire’s bridge to nowhere.” The finished product may be difficult for President Obama to defend politically, but here is the thing — some Republicans liked the project.

In fact, 28 current and former members of the Legislature, who endorsed Mitt Romney in the recent presidential primary, also voted in 2004 to fund it. 

The state’s 10 year transportation plan included $138,000 earmarked for the Stone Arch Bridge Enhancement project, also known as the Sawyer Bridge project. The plan passed the New Hampshire Senate 23-1 and the New Hampshire House 312-31. 

Among those who voted for the plan who were also listed as public supporters of Romney in the primary: Senator Jack Barnes, then-Senator Ted Gatsas, Senator John Gallus, Senator Chuck Morse, Senator Russell Prescott, Rep. Mary Allen, Rep. Donald Flanders, Rep. Harry Merrow, Rep. Betsy Patten, Rep. Edwin Smith, Rep. Herbert Richardson, Rep. John Tholl, Rep. William Infantine, Rep. Larry Emerton, Rep. Frank R. Holden, Rep. Shawn Jasper, Rep. Robert Rowe, Rep. David Hess, Rep. Dennis Reed, Rep. Ronald J. Belanger, Rep. Mary Griffin, Rep. Karen Hutchinson, Rep. Phyllis M. Katsakiores, Rep. Norman Major, Rep. Betsy McKinney, Rep. Charles McMahon, Rep. David Welch, and Rep. Beverly Rodeschin.

The town of Hillsborough takes pride that it used to have about a dozen of these stone arch bridges. The town wanted to preserve one and turn it into a park. 

Page 102 of the state transportation plan spells out the bridge project specifically: 

Stone Arch Bridge Enhancement Project: SW & SE Corners Of The Intersection Of Nh 9 / Us 202: Construct Visitor’s Kiosk & Small Parking Area (6 Spaces), New Top Surface For Bridge, Ped/Bike Trails Linking Site To Surrounding Businesses, Causeway From Stone Arch Bridge To So. Bank Of River, Installation Of 4 Granite Benches

So when Romney asks why this project was funded, he could ask the Obama Administration, but he could potentially ask some in the crowd who will be clapping for him.