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NHDP - Kelly Ayotte, NHGOP Lurch to Right of National Republicans

Democrats Call on NH Republicans to Support Equal Rights for all NH Citizens


Concord - As the Supreme Court of the United States begins hearing oral arguments on marriage equality, national Republicans have scrambled to fall in line with the majority of Americans and support equal rights for all.  Unfortunately, the New Hampshire Republican Party led by Senator Kelly Ayotte has maintained its out of touch position seeking to deny equal protection to New Hampshire citizens based solely on who they love.


Not only is the New Hampshire Republican State Committee's opposition to equal rights listed in the official Party Platform that was ratified by the delegate members of NHGOP, but New Hampshire Republican leaders have actively sought to deny equality to Granite Staters. []

·         Senator Kelly Ayotte refuses to support equal rights, has promised to help repeal New Hampshire's marriage equality law and opposes repeal of discriminatory federal statues.  [Youtube

·         As a member of Congress Frank Guinta backed an effort to ban same-sex marriages. [Concord Monitor, 11/4/2012]

·         Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley voted against equal marriage rights both in Concord [HB436 Roll Call] and Washington.  He even voted in favor of enshrining inequality in the United States' Constitution. [Roll Call 387]

·         As House Speaker Bill O'Brien made repealing marriage equality a legislative priority for House Republicans.  [Nashua Telegraph,11/11/2012]


"Today I am calling on New Hampshire Republicans to join with the majority of Granite Staters and the Democratic Party in supporting equal marriage rights," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.  "Unfortunately New Hampshire Republicans have lurched so far to the right they are out of touch not just with the majority of Americans, but even with members of their own party nationally.  This is further evidence that the NHGOP has lost any connection to traditional New Hampshire values in its desire to become the face and voice of the Tea Party and radical social conservatives."


Numerous public opinion polls show that the majority of Granite Staters and Americans support marriage equality. [UNH Survey Center; Washington Post, 3/2013]


NHGOP Statement On The Passing of Former Speaker Harold Burns

Concord - New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today on the passing of former NH House Speaker Harold Burns:

"Harold Burns was a dedicated and trusted public servant, and his passing is a tremendous loss for the State of New Hampshire. He was a champion of the Granite State's fiscally responsible values and served in both the House and Senate with honor and distinction. My thoughts and prayers are with Harold's family and friends during this difficult time." 



Concord - New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today in response to reports (NH Journal, 3/22/13) that Governor Hassan is considering nominating former casino lobbyist Lucy Hodder as Attorney General. Hodder currently serves as legal counsel in Hassan's office and previously served as the personal lobbyist for Millenium Gaming president William Wortman:

"Under no circumstances should Governor Hassan even consider appointing a well-heeled casino lobbyist to be our next Attorney General. New Hampshire doesn't want a top law enforcement official who is in the pocket of the gambling lobby and working with the special interests groups that are promoting Governor Hassan's illegal revenue scheme. 

"The Granite State has a long history of an independent justice department that has been free of political influence. It is disgraceful that Attorney General Delaney may have been denied another term because of his strong and principled rejection of Governor Hassan's irresponsible gambling agenda. And it is extremely alarming that the governor is considering replacing Delaney with somebody who is bought and paid for by the gambling industry.

"In order to ensure that we don't have one of the gambling lobby's most loyal lackeys running our Justice Department, Governor Hassan needs to immediately remove Lucy Hodder's name from consideration. The governor must also pledge that she will not appoint anybody who has lobbied for the gambling industry and vow to pick an attorney general who will not be swayed by political considerations."



Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today on the serious questions raised by Attorney General Michael Delaney's announcement that he will not seek reappointment when his term concludes at the end of the month. Attorney General Delaney has been a vocal critic of Governor Maggie Hassan's irresponsible budget:

"I want to thank Attorney General Delaney for his years of public service and for upholding New Hampshire's tradition of an independent justice department that is free of partisan influence. Attorney General Delaney has demonstrated courage and integrity by speaking out against policies that would damage New Hampshire, including Governor Hassan's fiscally irresponsible casino revenue scheme. 

"The Attorney General's eleventh hour announcement that he will not seek reappointment when his term expires at the end of the month raises concerns about the actual reason for his abrupt retirement. After he announced his opposition to Maggie Hassan's disastrous state budget that relies on $80 million in non-existent and illegal gambling revenue, the governor refused to discuss his reappointment. There are serious questions about whether Governor Hassan decided to deny Attorney General Delaney another term because of his strong and principled rejection of her irresponsible policies. This type of shallow and vindictive political retribution indicates that Governor Hassan may be willing to engage in petty partisan politics to advance her agenda.

"As Democratic Governor John Lynch demonstrated when he twice reappointed a Republican as attorney general, governors put aside politics and political score settling when selecting New Hampshire's top law enforcement official. It is sad and unfortunate that Governor Hassan may have decided to ignore this important tradition."


FLASHBACK: Governor Hassan Refused To Answer Questions About Attorney General Delaney's Reappointment During A Recent Editorial Board Meeting With Seacoast Media Group:

Portsmouth Herald: "When asked by a reader if she would reappoint Attorney General Michael Delaney, despite his harsh criticism of gambling in the state, Hassan said she has yet to make up her mind. "I'm in the middle of making a number of decisions on reappointments," she said. "I will announce my decision when we've had a chance to talk with the various people involved." (2/28/13)




Also Asks Her To Return Tainted Menendez Contributions

Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today called on Senator Jeanne Shaheen to return Senator Bob Menendez’s (D-NJ) tainted campaign contributions and demand that he step down as chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Last week the Washington Post (3/14/13) reported that a federal grand jury is investigating Senator Menendez’s “role in advocating for the business interests of a wealthy donor.” Yesterday, Menendez’s home state New Jersey Star-Ledger (3/17/13) called on him to step down as chairman until the investigation is complete. Shaheen is a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and has accepted $7,500 in contributions from Menendez’s New Millennium PAC (

“The ethics scandal surrounding Senator Bob Menendez is growing, and it is time for Jeanne Shaheen to join the bi-partisan chorus calling for him to step aside. As a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, Senator Shaheen needs to realize that Senator Menendez lacks the credibility and standing to continue to serve as its chairman. The damaging allegations that have been made against him raise serious questions that will certainly distract from the important work of the committee.

“Additionally Senator Shaheen must return $7,500 in tainted contributions from Mendez’s leadership PAC and refuse any further donations from the disgraced New Jersey senator. Granite Staters expect their elected officials to stand for integrity and high ethical standards in government. If Senator Shaheen refuses to return the dirty Menendez donations she will let down her constituents and implicitly endorse the Senator’s ethically questionable behavior.”


What Bob Menendez’s Home State New Jersey Star-Ledger Is Saying About His Ethics Scandal:


Star-Ledger:  “The news that a federal grand jury in Miami is investigating U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez pushes this scandal to a new level, undermining the senator’s credibility and his effectiveness as chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations.” (3/17/13)


Star-Ledger:  [W]e urge him to surrender his gavel, at least until this investigation is complete. If he refuses to do so, we urge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to remove him. This committee’s work is too important to put at risk.” (3/17/13)


Star-Ledger:  “[H]e is damaged. He has conceded that he accepted two free rides on the private jet of a major donor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, and vacationed at Melgen’s home in the Dominican Republic. He paid for those flights only after Republicans began to question their propriety, and claimed the failure to reimburse Melgen earlier had been an oversight. That is hard to believe, frankly. He faces a heavy risk of being reprimanded by the full Senate.” (3/17/13)