GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Should Explain Their Appearance with John Birch Society Chairman
CONCORD - Republican gubernatorial candidates Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith showed once again this weekend that their allegiance is not to the people of the Granite State but to radical groups like the Tea Party and the John Birch Society.
Both Smith and Lamontagne shared a stage this weekend at a Tea Party rally with Hal Shurtleff, who the organizers of the event list as a chair of the John Birch Society.
"We already know that Lamontagne and Smith stand in lock-step with Bill O'Brien and the Tea Party, but now are they standing with the even more radical John Birch Society?" Said Collin Gately, a spokesperson for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
"Do Ovide and Kevin believe, like the John Birch Society does, that 'it's the UN's plan to establish control over all human activity' and that we should withdraw from and abolish that organization?" said Gately.
The John Birch Society has long been considered a fringe organization, even by Republicans. For example, the Birch Society accused President Dwight Eisenhower of being a communist. They were also known for their opposition to civil rights legislation.
Now, however, the John Birch Society is writing bills for the New Hampshire legislature under Bill O'Brien.
"Why would Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith proudly stand with the John Birch Society?" Gately said. "They need to explain to the people of New Hampshire their appearance and whether they support the John Birch Society's radical agenda."
In March of 2011, the John Birch Society took credit for two resolutions that came out of the New Hampshire legislature: one advocating the withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement and another urging the U.S. to withdraw from the UN. According to the Concord Monitor, when both bills passed the House, the John Birch Society sent a press release claiming that "both resolutions were drafted by the John Birch Society."
Abolishing the UN? Conspiracy theories? Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith owe the voters of New Hampshire an explanation. Will they work for New Hampshire to promote job growth and the economy, or will they work for the Tea Party and the John Birch Society, promoting their radical ideas while ignoring Granite Staters?