RLCNH will work to channel discontent about GOP chairman resignation into productive activism
CONCORD, N.H.―The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire is urging Tea Party activists, movement conservatives and all party members who love liberty to convert their frustration over Republican Chairman Jack Kimball's resignation tonight into resolve to join the RLCNH and help elect more people like themselves to elected positions in the state Legislature.
“Jack Kimball's resignation from the party chairman position was the right thing for him to do to help unify the Republican Party and help everyone involved with the party move beyond this unfortunately divisive situation,” said Andrew Hemingway, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire. “Now it is time for activists and party leaders to cooperate and bring the party together so we can prepare for the First in the Nation Primary and victory in the 2012 elections. We have shown repeatedly that our influence and will to serve the people is so much stronger when we work together with Republicans of all varieties to advance the founding principles that made our state and nation great.
“In addition, Jack Kimball's resignation from the chairman position is the perfect opportunity for Tea Party activists, movement conservatives and all liberty-loving Republicans to unite under another common goal; namely, working with the RLCNH to elect more principled and effective Republicans who value limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free enterprise and the New Hampshire and United States constitutions,” Hemingway added.
The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire endorsed 153 candidates in the 2010 primary, and 107 of those liberty-loving candidates, or 70 percent, were elected into state representative, state senator and executive council positions. Since taking their positions, RLCNH-endorsed elected officials have cut the state budget by $1 billion and passed several pro-business and pro-family pieces of legislation, which will help create a better quality of life in New Hampshire. With more people volunteering to help the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire and its effort to elect principled Republicans, common sense will undoubtedly become more common within the halls of government, and that will reflect positively on the New Hampshire economy and its ability to create private sector jobs.
“Those people in the government and their friends in the media who want us to fail so they can take more of your money to increase the size of government will attempt to make Jack Kimball's resignation into a repudiation of our movement or as a sign that the Republican Party is falling apart, but we believe the people will see through such politicking and recognize the good that Republicans have done in just one year to create an affordable government that respects the rights of individuals and families,” Hemingway said. “The movement led by the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire to restore our founding principles is much larger than one man or one woman. Looking at the big picture, the successes or failures of one member of this movement are far less important than the success of the effort to restore liberty in America and within the State of New Hampshire.
“We are confident that the people of New Hampshire believe in what RLCNH-endorsed officials are doing in the Legislature and will continue to support those officials and new liberty-minded candidates who stick with our founding principles,” Hemingway added. “We are also confident that our effort will always be more effective and will always have a home within the Republican Party, regardless of who is chairman of the organization.”
To join the RLCNH, visit www.rlcnh.org today and sign up using the box in the top right corner of the page.
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RLCNH will work to channel discontent about GOP chairman resignation into productive activism
Andy Martin says it is time to take his anti-Jack Kimball radio ads off the airwaves so the New Hampshire Republican Party’s State Committee can do its job
Martin says his ads alerted New Hampshire Republicans to Kimball’s mismanagement and misconduct; he says the ads have more than served their purpose
Andy says he came to New Hampshire to remove Barack Obama from the White House, not to remove Jack Kimball as state chairman; now is the time for a goodwill gesture to the NH GOP
(MANCHESTER, NH)(August 30, 2011) Independent Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin is withdrawing his anti-Jack Kimball ads from New Hampshire radio stations as a gesture of goodwill to the New Hampshire GOP State Committee.
“I was originally enthusiastic about Jack Kimball’s election as New Hampshire State Chairman,” Martin states. “But then I became Jack Kimball’s first victim last February. Without any provocation on my part Kimball began attacking me and smearing me on the basis of allegations by Barack Obama's supporters, hardly an impartial group where Republicans are concerned.
“Kimball sent Jennifer Horn on the radio to attack me as unwelcome in New Hampshire because I was an Obama critic. The entire situation was surreal.
“I vowed to work against Kimball and Horn and I have. My campaign has been broadcasting an anti-Kimball radio ad for the past four months (the ad can be heard at www.AndyMartinforPresident.com).
“But what began when I lit a match against Kimball’s abusive behavior has become a firestorm within the state party. Not only has Kimball been totally discredited; the people he hired have been discredited. The people he relied on have either been debauched or turned on him or both. I am not a backstabber. What I have to say I can say openly, on the radio. And I feel I have now said enough.
“Mr. Kimball is making threats to stay in office. I would like to do the opposite and work to unite Republicans. I am an unabashed Tea Party supporter. I will sit down and speak reasonably with every Republican of every persuasion and just about every conservative of just about every persuasion.
“I have spoken privately with New Hampshire Tea party leaders, some anti-Kimball and some pro-Kimball. They asked me to consider pulling my ads as a gesture of party unity and I have acceded to their considerations. I will do whatever is lawful and decent to remove Barack Obama from the White house. That is the only reason I am running for president; there is no other.
“All in all, the situation is a sad one. Kimball’s leadership began in hope and is ending in disarray and despair. I have no desire to add to the burden placed on the NH GOP State Committee.
“As a gesture of good will to the State Committee I am withdrawing my anti-Kimball radio ads. The ads have more than served their purpose of alerting ordinary Republicans to Kimball’s injustices and abuses.
“Whether Kimball is to be removed now or later is not for me to decide. I will accept and respect the decision of the State Committee,” Martin says.
“Throughout this entire period of unjustified attacks on my character and my campaign I have been fair-minded and open-minded. Kimball has never reached out to me to resolve our differences amicably. He never even made a phone call. He just wanted to attack me. What was he thinking?
“In February, Republicans may have thought I was exaggerating when I accused Kimball of abusive leadership. No one thinks I am exaggerating today. The “proof of the pudding…”
“And so I will once again be a gentleman, do the right thing and take down my ads. I have continued to run an honorable campaign and a successful campaign and my presidential campaign is respected, unlike Kimball’s management of the state party.
“But, ultimately, I came home to New Hampshire to fight for conservative values and to remove Barack Obama from the White House, not to remove Jack Kimball from the chairmanship. Going forward I will focus on my job as a presidential candidate and allow the State Committee to act as it deems appropriate in dealing with Mr. Kimball. I will have no more to say about Kimball publicly.”
Martin’s advertising team is producing a new series of ads.
Full Republican State Committee meeting would allow Republican factions to find common ground
CONCORD, N.H.―In an effort to ensure a transparent, fair and constructive resolution to the ongoing dispute with the GOP State Committee chairman position, the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire urges the Executive Committee to delay its decision and call the full Republican State Committee to order.
“When Republicans campaigned in 2010, they promised to balance the state's budget just like families do when they sit around the kitchen table,” said Andrew Hemingway, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire. “In Concord this year, elected Republicans under the leadership of House Speaker Bill O'Brien and Senate President Peter Bragdon were able to write a budget that spends no more money than the state collects, fulfilling that promise.
“Unfortunately, now that the hard work of balancing the budget has concluded, some internal Republican Party disputes have surfaced, putting ongoing party unity at risk,” Hemingway continued. “Just like a family settles disputes by sitting around the kitchen table and talking through its problems, so must the Republican Party come together to air its grievances and find common ground. I am confident that a state committee meeting will foster the conditions necessary for a united, strengthened party, which is essential to continue the people's work through 2012.”
On Thursday, the Executive Committee is planning to vote to remove Party Chairman Jack Kimball from his position. Besides the potential for serious party division that this type of top-down decision would engender, there is currently no legal succession plan in the party by-laws following the removal of a party officer. The by-laws specifically mention a succession plan for the “resignation” or “death” of an officer, but they do not have any plan for the “removal” of an officer. Clearly, a resignation is a voluntary action, and a removal is involuntary—two different actions that require a different resolution.
“To prevent continued upheaval and division in the party, it is imperative that the State Committee meet to pass an emergency by-law allowing the state committee to elect a new chairman in the event of a chairman's removal,” Hemingway said. “Such a plan would ensure a legitimate succession, if one is necessary, and create a stronger Republican Party that recognizes the importance of all of its members.”
Traditionally, State Committee meetings are expensive and take time to put together. Sitting chairmen and any challengers spend months reaching out to all the state committee members, giving them the chance to build coalitions and prepare for the vote. The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire is urging an outside-the-box approach to quickly and effectively resolve the ongoing chairman dispute in a way that will bring the party together.
“We're proposing that the state committee members come together and nominate chairmen candidates from the floor,” Hemingway said. “We think chairman candidates should stand up in front of the state committee and discuss all the problems facing the party among its members, and then we think they should propose how they intend to resolve the party's disputes and unite the party for an effective First in the Nation Primary and victory in the 2012 elections.”
In an effort to cut costs, the state committee meeting should be held at Representatives Hall at the State House, which has more than enough seats for all the state committee members to meet. To further control costs, state committee members should be encouraged to bring or buy their own lunches.
“While it is true that this approach has never been tried before, I am confident that it will work, because it is the same approach that works to resolve family disputes,” Hemingway said. “We will come out of this state committee meeting as a stronger party united under a leader whom everyone will be able to stand behind.”
About The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire
RLCNH, a state chapter of the national Republican Liberty Caucus, was launched in December 2004 to promote and advance traditional Republican Party values, such as low taxes and spending, limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free enterprise and loyalty to the U.S. and N.H. constitutions.
CONCORD- Jack Kimball, Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party held a press conference earlier today to address recent criticisms of his Chairmanship including fundraising, special elections losses, staff changes and calls by some in the Republican Party asking him to resign. Chairman Kimball's remarks are below. Also attached is the raw FEC data and additional graph.
Thursday August 25th, 2011
NHGOP Chairman Jack Kimball remarks
"I’m a Tea Partier, and I am the first Tea Partier to be elected Chairman of the Republican Party in the nation.
While I am a Tea Partier, I’m also a decades-long Reagan Republican and I am happy to see the new energy, especially the young people, being attracted to our message at this critical time in history.
The Republican Party is growing, because Tea Partiers are attracted to the Republican message of small government and respect for the free market and individual liberty. The State House is full of freshman Republicans. For that matter, so is the State Senate. Growing pains and conflict are bound to occur. But it is a shame to see the false accusations and the infighting on such a spectacular scale.
Regardless of these short-term difficulties, the struggle between the “Tea Party” and the “Establishment” must be resolved positively so our party will be stronger. I have pledged to unify and be the bridge between the longtime Republicans and the newer liberty-minded Republicans. As we have watched the country head into the wrong direction and dive into economic decline, the liberty movement will only grow stronger and increase in size. Those who seek to remove me from my duly elected position must recognize that I represent a movement – a political moment - much larger than myself. I plead with them not to pick this fight. It will only damage the party and cause unnecessary division.
One of the major goals of my Chairmanship is to help this party move into the future, but sadly there are some who are still stuck in the past.
I want to take a moment to address my supporters, some of whom have been exceptionally passionate in coming to my defense. I ask them to listen to me and to pledge themselves to joining this debate in a positive way. I won’t tolerate name-calling or personal attacks or lies.
And now, I’m going to address directly some of the criticisms and accusations that have been levied against me.
First, I have been called a poor fundraiser. In my defense, I am going to provide you with some basic figures from the Federal Election Commission regarding the finances of the New Hampshire GOP.
In the first half of 2011, the party has raised $191,392.20 in total federal receipts, not including transfers from affiliated party committees.
Just seven months into my tenure, (minus party transfers) I have had the 2nd best FIRST TWO fundraising quarters in the last 8 years and even surpassed the FIRST TWO Quarters in 2010 in a federal election year.
I am frequently compared to Governor Sununu, and I readily admit my rolodex is nothing like his. But as you can see, our fundraising hasn’t been as bleak as has been suggested.
Our fundraising efforts are improving with assistance from our new Finance Chairman Bill Binnie and my own self-improvement and gained experience. Mr. Binnie stepped up to aid the party as a true patriot. Our party should welcome his involvement and his support. In fact, our largest fundraiser of the year is scheduled for this September with our special guest, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.
Everyone has been paid, and we are retiring debts leftover from the past few years that totaled over $100,000 – serious debts that haven’t been addressed. One of my commitments is to leave this party debt-free when my service is complete. As a result, our cash-on-hand is a bit lower right now as we clear out these old debts, most of which are related to the phone-jamming scandal legal fees and penalties in 2004 as well as an expensive audit required due to inaccurate Federal Election Commission filings in 2007 and 2008.
Secondly, I want to address the recent losses in special elections, which have been unfortunate. I have come to believe that these losses are to be expected. We have such super-majorities in both chambers that all the incentives to win are aligned against us. Nevertheless, we have fought hard, expended resources, and we will continue to do so. But we can’t change the simple fact that these minor victories mean much more to the Democrat base, and they are going all out to win. I encourage our activists and supporters across the state to work even harder, and I encourage our rank-and-file voters of the importance of voting, even in dog days of summer when they may not see the immediate value.
I would also note that one major problem in our political efforts has been corrected with the termination of our previous Executive Director. It is important that as Chairman, I have a dynamic, loyal, and experienced manager working full-time at the party headquarters. It’s not uncommon to see turnover at the party, and happily, our organization is moving forward and accepting resumes to fill that position as quickly as possible, along with a new position we are creating for Political Director. We have created a search committee made up of well-respected long time Republican leaders and I’m confident their efforts will produce some excellent new and talented individuals to join our staff.
Finally, I want to address the issue of this petition for the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire. All I can do is to repeat what I have already said, which is that it was a momentary mistake that I corrected immediately. Some Democrats took a picture of me with a clipboard, and it’s a shame to see so many good Republicans engaging in this kind of “gotcha” politics. I believe in our democracy, and ballot access and my initial reaction was to say, “the more the merrier.” That’s not a terribly misguided thing to do, or a reason to question my loyalty to the Republican Party, and certainly not grounds for removal.
Now, there have been a lot of mistruths regarding my relationship with Bill O’Brien and the federal delegation. It’s been widely reported that the Speaker, along with Jennifer Horn, visited me and asked me to resign. At that same meeting, it was revealed to me that the RGA was prepared to cut a check for $100,000 to the NHGOP should I step down, and the federal delegation would contribute funds to the New Hampshire Republican Party should I resign as well. I won’t stand for that kind of deal-making – neither will the voters – and they deserve to know the truth. I never spoke of this private meeting to the media; I only confirmed the report when others let the story out. To this moment, none of our federal legislators have spoken to me on this matter, and I have had no communication directly with the RGA.
All that being said, I am defending the First in the Nation primary, I am facilitating a neutral primary. I am bringing new blood to our organization and I am committed to moving forward as the bridge between the past and the future of the Republican Party."
Sunday afternoon Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin holds a Hampton Beach “staycation” walkathon. Monday morning Martin holds a Concord news conference to call for the removal of New Hampshire Republican State Chairman Jack Kimball. Martin says Kimball’s incompetence is undermining New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary. Later Monday morning Martin will issue a “Bunker Buster” announcement concerning the Iowa Caucuses live on WTPL-FM (WTPLFM.com) and afterwards host a news conference at the State Legislative Office Building.
Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin says
New Hampshire GOP Chair Jack Kimball’s incompetence is an increasing embarrassment
Martin says Kimball’s latest Republican primacy fiasco should be the last straw
Iowa take notice: Monday morning Martin will also make an announcement live on WTPL-FM, and then hold a “Bunker Buster” news conference in Concord, to announce steps he is taking to highlight NH’s First Primary
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Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin holds a Concord, New Hampshire news conference Monday, July 11th to renew his request for the removal of NH GOP Chairman Jack Kimball
Later Monday morning will announce “Bunker Buster” steps he is taking relative to the Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire’s First Primary
Martin says Kimball’s latest GOP legislative primary fiasco, nominating an anti-Right to Work repeal candidate, should be “enough”
Martin says Kimball’s incompetence undermines New Hampshire’s First-In-The-Nation Primary
Sunday afternoon Andy holds a Hampton Beach “Staycation” walkathon along Hampton Beach; all are welcome
(HAMPTON BEACH, NH)(July 10, 2011) Corruption-fighting Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin announced Sunday he will hold two new conferences in Concord Monday. The first news conference at 10:00 A.M. will renew Martin’s request for the removal of New Hampshire Republican Chairman Jack Kimball.
Martin will then make an announcement live on WTPL-FM (WTPLFM.com), followed by a news conference at the State Legislative Office Building, to release a “Bunker Buster” statement involving the Iowa Caucuses.
Andy Martin carries on his New Hampshire “staycation” with a Hampton Beach walkathon. Meet Andy at the intersection of Winnacunnet Road (101 E) and Route 1 A (Ocean Blvd.)(at the ocean sea wall) to “walk and talk.” All are welcome.
“The fiasco with Kimball losing the Republican Party’s legislative nomination to an anti-Right to Work ‘stealth’ candidate should mandate his removal,” Martin says. [See link below.] “Why are Republican Party leaders afraid to stand up and state the obvious? Kimball has to go. He may be competent at running his mop-and-glo cleaning business; he lacks the managerial chops to handle a political party during the presidential process. Kimball’s buffoonery is undermining NH's First Primary.
“I am appealing directly to New Hampshire Republican primary voters; I am not going to kowtow to party leaders that have placed an incompetent at the helm of the state party,” Martin says. “I am an independent conservative who is also a Republican, not a party stooge that bows down to jokers like Kimball.
“Hit the road, Jack.”
MONDAY WTPL-FM ANNOUNCEMENT/LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING:
“When I announced for president on December 29th I promised to ‘drive the agenda’ of the 2012 presidential campaign,” Martin says. “I am still in the driver’s seat, as Monday’s will confirm. Fasten your seat belts, Iowa and New Hampshire.” Details to follow Sunday evening.
JULY 11TH CONCORD NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS (#1):
Republican Party Presidential Candidate Andy Martin
Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin says Jack Kimball’s incompetence is undermining New Hampshire’s First Primary. Kimball must go.
Sidewalk in front of Republican Party headquarters, 10 Water Street, Concord, NH 03301
Monday, July 11th, 2011, 10:00 A.M.
JULY 11TH CONCORD NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS (#2):
Republican Party Presidential Candidate Andy Martin
To be announced re Iowa Caucuses/NH First Primary
Announcement on Bulldog Live Show WTPL-FM (WTPLFM.com), live streaming at 11:00 AM; later news conference at Legislative Office Building Lobby, Concord 1:00 P.M.
Monday, July 11th, 2011, 11:00 A.M.
LINKS TO THIS STORY (cut and paste the entire link below and not just the underlined portion):
www.YouTube.com/MartinIn2012 (with up to date TV commercials)
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