Andy Martin says Bedford Republicans engaged in deliberate humiliation when they invited him to their event as a candidate and then refused to allow him to speak alongside his primary opponents
Andy says, “The behavior of New Hampshire Republicans in trying to protect Scott Brown from a meaningful primary campaign has been and was today, disgraceful; harassing and embarrassing a statewide candidate is the tawdriest behavior I have seen in almost half a century of political activism”
(Manchester, NH) (August 25, 2014)
Dear New Hampshire Republican:
Today I was deliberately humiliated by the Bedford Republican Committee. Will anyone stand up to defend my right to run for the U. S. Senate? My credentials and qualifications easily match or exceed those of my opponents.
Here is the emailed invitation received:
I hope you are having a great summer and that all is going well with your campaign. I know it is a lot of work and we at the Bedford Republican Committee appreciate all who are willing to dedicate time and resources to run for office and serve as elected officials.
At the end of this month we have a great opportunity for you to meet and mingle with the people of Bedford just before the primary. It is our annual Breakfast and is scheduled for Monday morning, August 25th at 7:00 AM. It will be held at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford. We will hear from many of our national candidates and some of our state candidates as well. There will be time before and after the program to mingle, pass out literature, etc.
Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased on our website http://www.bedfordrepublicans.org/ We are also making tables of 8 available to candidates for purchase at the discounted price of $210. Thank you to those of you who already taken us up on this offer.
We feel like this will be a great election for the Republicans and are doing are best to energize and activate people here in Bedford.
Again, thank you for your contributions to this effort. We hope to see you at our breakfast. If you have any questions feel free to give me a call.
Chair, Bedford Republican Committee
I purchased a ticket and appeared. Earlier today you received a copy of the remarks I prepared to deliver at the Bedford breakfast on President Obama’s procrastination in the rescuing of James Foley.
The master of ceremonies, who I believe was Ray Chadwick, said he would take the candidates speaking in alphabetical order. When he came to “M” he ignored me and went on to “R.”
People came up to me and asked why I was not being allowed to speak. I told them I was an invited guest and I was completely surprised by a committee inviting me and then humiliating me in front of my primary opponents. Is this democracy, New Hampshire Republican-style?
I have a distinguished record of public service and political involvement, see www.AndyMartin.com and www.AndyMartin2014.com. You don’t have to agree with me or support me to defend my right to run for office.
There is no basis to treat me in this disgraceful manner.
Adding to the insult, Scott Brown got up and said he wanted “party unity” after the primary. Why would I support people that have violated their oaths of party office to remain neutral in the primary, and have done everything in their power to humiliate and harass me?
Today Bedford Republicans reached a new low.
In April, Bedford Republicans conducted a “senate debate,” including Karen Testerman but not me. Shortly afterwards she dropped out. Is this the kind of “neutrality” the party by-laws require?
Should Brown and his posse expect payback from me for the humiliation today? Do you think anyone who has been abused in this manner should simply ignore the bad manners of Bedford Republicans and back them anyway? I invite your responses.
New Hampshire is a wonderful state. I have met many fine rank-and-file Republicans. But the leadership of the Republican Party is rotten to the core. Bedford Republicans proved that today. Which is why the GOP keeps losing statewide elections.
Will anyone stand up to condemn this disgraceful behavior against a qualified candidate? Or do Republican leadersneed to lose another election before they get the message?