Granite State Progress – and NH House -- stand by Rep. Cynthia Chase during today’s vote
(Concord, NH) Members of the Free State Project have failed in an attempt to “censure and impeach” State Representative Cynthia Chase (D-Keene) over remarks she made about the extreme political organization. Rep. George Lambert (R-Litchfield) – who once inquired about how to become a “Board Member” of the Free State Project.1 – made the failing motion. Speaker Terie Norelli ruled the motion out of order and the House at-large agreed by a roll-call vote of 276-77.
Statement from Granite State Progress Executive Director Zandra Rice Hawkins:
“Representative Chase has every right to shine a bright light on the extreme and misleading tactics of the Free State Project. The ultra-extreme Free State Project’s stated purpose is to move to New Hampshire, run for political office and take over state government. 2 Free Staters believe they should have the ‘freedom’ for women to walk by middle school students topless or to resist arrest if they disagree with the charge. The Keene area, which Rep. Chase representatives, has had a particularly long and difficult history with Free Staters moving there to disrupt the New Hampshire way of life. Let’s be clear: these individuals don’t move to New Hampshire because they like our state, they move here because the Free State Project voted on which state to move to and take over, and New Hampshire was the unhappy recipient of that vote.”
The impeachment petition gathered only 120 signatures and featured signatures from as far afield as Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Phoenix, AZ., and Morehead City, NC.
2. "Once we’ve taken over the state government, we can slash state and local budgets, which make up a sizeable proportion of the tax and regulatory burden we face every day. Furthermore, we can eliminate substantial federal interference by refusing to take highway funds and the strings attached to them. Once we’ve accomplished these things, we can bargain with the national government over reducing the role of the national government in our state. We can use the threat of secession as leverage to do this." Announcement: The Free State Project By Founder Jason Sorens