Manchester, NH - This morning, the Nashua Telegraph published an op-ed from New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley denouncing the NHGOP's candidates for refusing to stand up to their own party's newly amended anti-women, anti-equality platform.
See here or below for the full op-ed by New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley:
Nashua Telegraph: "Republican platform a disaster"
Ray Buckley, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman
October 19, 2014
If I were Jennifer Horn, the Republican Party chair, I’d also do everything I could to hide that platform from the public. The NHGOP has adopted a number of draconian stances, including fetal personhood (which the voters of conservative Mississippi overwhelmingly defeated by referendum) and strictly defining marriage as between one man and one woman (despite a nearly two-thirds consensus for marriage equality), proving just how wrong the Republican Party is for the families of New Hampshire.
The candidates who were present and voted on this disaster of a party platform had a responsibility to speak up, but instead did nothing to counterbalance the extremists in their own party. And who sat in the front row while the NHGOP adopted this frighteningly restrictive values statement? Former Massachusetts senator turned New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown. He endorsed the fact that if the NHGOP had its way, New Hampshire would turn its back on freedom of choice and equality. Scott Brown and the NHGOP do not share Granite State values – they are trying to bring us backward.
We have watched Scott Brown bounce around the state trying to paint himself as one of us. However, what he cannot do is whitewash his abysmal record. He can say what he wants and erroneously claim to be “pro-choice,” but his voting history proves he’s just as bad as the rest of the NHGOP. The guy who co-sponsored (twice!) a bill to force women to look at photographs of fetuses before choosing to end a pregnancy is now the poster boy of a party that wants to define life as beginning at conception, outlawing in-vitro fertilization, all abortion – even in cases of rape and incest – and many common forms of birth control. Brown was complicit in his party’s adoption of this extreme policy that is out-of-step with New Hampshire values.
But the NHGOP did not stop at the curtailing of women’s rights. It also took aim at what a majority of Granite Staters believe is settled law: marriage equality. Back in 2009, New Hampshire passed marriage equality with a bipartisan vote, showing the country that our state believes in equality. But not Scott Brown’s NHGOP! They would bring our state backward, repealing marriage equality despite its popularity. What we see from Scott Brown, Walt Havenstein, Frank Guinta and Marilinda Garcia is a ticket of people who are wrong for our state. While the Democratic Party looks forward and empowers our citizenry, the GOP candidates are fixated on an extreme alternative, in which women and LGBT families are treated like second-class citizens.
The fact that Scott Brown sat silently as the GOP voted on the adoption of a platform that takes choice away from the women of our state and denies loving couples the right to marry is no surprise – but it is wrong for the people of New Hampshire. We have again and again rejected this type of discrimination and the politicians who promise to embody it. While Scott Brown has attempted to distance himself from his party’s extreme positions, the reality is that he did not stand up to it. He’s not a leader who will put New Hampshire first – and his past proves it. Luckily, we have Jeanne Shaheen, who has championed LGBT rights and fiercely defended a woman’s right to make the health care decisions that are best for her, without input from her boss and without harsh restrictions on her right to choose. She represents the beliefs and ideals of a true Granite Stater and will always put New Hampshire first – always.