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Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today on Senator Jeanne Shaheen flip-flopping an Ebola travel ban. NECN reports that she finally announced her support for a ban today after opposing it. Scott Brown sent a letter to Shaheen on Saturday asking her to reconsider her position:


"Jeanne Shaheen must have just taken a poll and realized that she was out of step with the vast majority of Americans who favor a travel ban. Scott Brown doesn't need to take a poll to do what's right for the people of New Hampshire. What's revealing about Jeanne Shaheen's flip flop on this issue is that her first instinct was to go along with President Obama in his opposition to a travel ban."



Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman released the following statement on Marilinda Garcia's victory in tonight's NH1 News debate:


"Marilinda Garcia was the clear winner of tonight's debate. Unlike Congresswoman Annie Kuster, who dubbed herself Barack Obama's "biggest supporter" in Congress, Marilinda Garcia has proven that she is ready to be an independent voice for New Hampshire in Washington. Congresswoman Kuster has been hiding from her constituents by refusing to hold town halls because she fully embraces Barack Obama and his failed agenda, and voters in the second district will replace her with Marilinda Garcia in November."


NHDP - ICYMI: Nashua Telegraph Op-Ed: "Republican platform a disaster" 

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

It’s telling that the New Hampshire Republican Party continues to hide its extremist platform nearly a month since it passed – incredibly, it’s still not posted on its website. Fortunately, last week, the Concord Monitor finally obtained a copy of it.

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.


Concord - Endangered North Carolina Senator Kay Hagen (D-NC) today flip-flopped her position on a travel ban on Ebola "hot zone" countries, announcing her support for it only two days after she opposed it.  Senator Jeanne Shaheen continues to stand with President Obama and oppose a commonsense travel ban.


"Senator Shaheen continues to stand with President Obama and oppose a travel ban from countries afflicted by the Ebola virus. Her blind allegiance to the President's failed policies is shameful and proves that she is unwilling to provide independent leadership for New Hampshire," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "It's time for Jeanne Shaheen and President Obama to impose Ebola travel restrictions to keep Americans safe from disease."

Senator Kelly Ayotte, Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown and even liberal Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter support travel restrictions on Ebola affected countries. 



Concord - Senator Jeanne Shaheen and President Obama continue to oppose an Ebola travel ban, but such a temporary measure is needed to keep Americans safe from unnecessary risk of exposure to the deadly virus.


Yesterday, Shaheen told New England Cable News in an interview: "I don't think at this stage that a travel ban makes sense." Yet, it is precisely at the early stage of an outbreak that a travel ban makes the most sense.


"Senator Shaheen and President Obama are wrong to oppose a travel ban from countries afflicted by the Ebola virus. Many African countries have successfully imposed a ban to stop the spread of Ebola, and we must do the same. What is happening in Texas started with one infected patient who came here from Liberia," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "It's time for Jeanne Shaheen and President Obama to impose Ebola travel restrictions to keep Americans safe from disease."