NHDP - Former GOP Gov Candidate Kevin Smith Latest Republican to Flee NHGOP 2014 Ballot

Concord - New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein released the following statement on former Republican gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith announcement today that he will not seek a higher office in 2014.  Smith is the latest in a line of Granite State Republicans to decline a run for higher office in the upcoming midterm election.

"New Hampshire Republicans continue to flee their party's 2014 ticket because of the strength of Democrats up and down the ballot and also because the New Hampshire Republican Party is in shambles.  Voters have had it with the Republican brand and agenda, all the way from bestiality emails sent by Republicans in Concord to continued controversy and backlash against Kelly Ayotte's irresponsible background check vote.  The NHGOP has become synonymous with the extreme and radical Tea Party's ideology, and well known as a haven for fringe right-wing candidates."