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NHDP - Former NHDP Chair Kathy Sullivan's Statement on the NH Supreme Court Decision

Concord -- Former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan released the following statement on the State Supreme Court's decision this morning dismissing former Speaker Bill O'Brien's lawsuit against the New Hampshire Democratic Party and Chairman Ray Buckley.

"We are pleased that the Supreme Court upheld the lower court's dismissal of former Speaker O'Brien's lawsuit. The court found that Representative O'Brien failed to allege any injury whatsoever, and also did not find that the New Hampshire Democratic Party or Chairman Buckley violated the statute. It was a well reasoned decision by the Court."


NHDP - Breaking News: Effort Underway to Draft Bill O'Brien for Governor

Friend --

Moments ago, we learned that prominent Republicans are banding together in an effort to  encourage disgraced former Speaker and failed Congressional candidate Bill O'Brien for Governor.  

Stand up and help us stop Bill O'Brien with a contribution of $50, $25, or $10 right now.  

After just one term as Speaker of the House, New Hampshire voters threw Bill O'Brien and his radical Tea Party allies out of power.  His failed tenure as Speaker was noted for his efforts to repeal funding for Planned Parenthood and ban contraceptives for women, attempts to repeal marriage equality, the repeal of the minimum wage, and the scandalous resignation of his Majority Leader.  

New Hampshire deserves better than Bill O'Brien as Governor.  Join me today and chip in $10 or more to stop his efforts.

Thank you for your efforts,
Raymond Buckley, Chair
New Hampshire Democratic Party


NHDP - What Will It Take For NH GOP To Condemn O’Brien’s Disgusting Slavery Comparison?

Concord – The silence from New Hampshire Republicans on Bill O’Brien’s latest shameful embarrassment has been deafening.  Speaking at an Americans for Prosperity event in August, O’Brien compared health reform to the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 which allowed slave owners to reclaim runaway slaves. Rather than apologize, O’Brien has doubled down at every opportunity, even when called out for his desperate and offensive attacks by the President of the United States. [VIDEO]
“What will it take for Kelly Ayotte, Jim Rubens, Frank Guinta, Gary Lambert, Pete Silva and others to finally distance themselves from this national disgrace and condemn his comments?" asked New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein.  “It is past time for New Hampshire Republicans to take responsibility for their party and to state plainly if they agree with O'Brien's vile comparison of health reform to the Fugitive Slave Act. This is the same repulsive Tea Party rhetoric New Hampshire voters rejected last fall.”
The Concord Monitor called O’Brien’s language “despicable” and “nothing short of obscene.”  The Nashua Telegraph called is comments a "stain on the New Hampshire House," and adding that New Hampshire Republicans should state if O'Brien's views "represent those of the party." 
Yet rather than condemn O’Brien’s comments, Republicans continue to rally around his Tea Party banner.  Republicans running for higher office have actively sought his endorsement.  [Nashua Telegraph, 9/5/2013]  And the Republican State Committee even recruited his right hand man, former disgraced Majority Leader Pete Silva to run in a special election. 
“The shame his words bring to the entire Republican Party in New Hampshire is a shocking indictment of the state of the NHGOP. It is very telling that in 2013, O'Brien's chilling comments have stood without any refutation or rebuttal from a single Republican,” continued Kirstein.


NHDP - In Case You Missed It: Lambert "Reached Out" for O'Brien's Endorsement 

Concord - Just minutes after launching his congressional campaign, Tea Party Republican Gary Lambert revealed to the Nashua Telegraph that he had already begun seeking disgraced former Speaker Bill O'Brien's endorsement.  “I’ve always reached out to Bill and will continue to do so,” Lambert told the Telegraph after being asked about a possible O'Brien endorsement.  In the State Senate, Lambert spent two years as a rubberstamp for O'Brien's reckless and irresponsible agenda, making the largest cut to public higher education in American history, killing hundreds of New Hampshire jobs, and imposing new restrictions on women's health care.  New  Hampshire voters overwhelmingly rejected Bill O'Brien's candidates and radical ideology in 2012, just as they will reject Gary Lambert in 2014.

Nashua Telegraph: Former Republican state Sen. Gary Lambert, of Nashua, declares himself a candidate for Congress
“The system appears to be broken,” he said. “Gridlock has replaced progress, and leadership is in short supply. In this time of deep uncertainty, it’s the middle class that suffers the most.”
Lambert said he is retiring after 35 years in the Marine Corps Reserves and decided the best way to continue serving the country was to run for Congress, which clearly needs help.
“The place is dysfunctional,” Lambert said. “I think it’s time for a new batch of leaders. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time, and, quite frankly, I think it’s my time.”
Lambert also touched on President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, saying “this piece of legislation is so burdensome, so harmful to the economy, even the Obama administration is now trying to delay the implementation of a lot of its aspects,” he said.
“If you send me to Washington, I will vote to repeal that job-crushing piece of legislation,” he said.
Later, when speaking with reporters, he was pressed on the current situation in Syria.
Lambert didn’t provide his own plan for any potential intervention but focused on the current administration’s actions.
“I haven’t seen a strategy given by this administration that I can support,” Lambert said. “I’m used to a commander-in-chief coming out with a strategy. Lobbing a bunch of cruise missiles or Tomahawk missiles into Syria, I don’t see that as a plan or a strategy. I would like to see a strategy put out by the president.”
The former state senator shrugged off the tea party label, saying the only labels he puts on himself are “father, husband, Marine and Republican” and that he’s willing to live with those.
Lambert answered a question on the potential of receiving an endorsement from former House Speaker William O’Brien, of Mont Vernon, who recently dropped out of the same race and has been critical of Lambert in the past.
“I’ve always reached out to Bill and will continue to do so,” he said. “I’d be happy to take every single Republican’s endorsement, including Bill’s.
“I reached out to everyone. He’s out there, like a lot of Republicans. Some are waiting to see what I’m about, and until today, it hasn’t really been official.”
Don Himsel can be reached at 594-6590 or dhimsel@nashua Also, follow Himsel on Twitter (@Telegraph_DonH).

NHDP - O'Brien Refuses to Apologize, Doubles Down on Slavery Comments

Will NHGOP Finally Condemn His Vile Rhetoric?

Concord - After disgraced former Republican House Speaker Bill O’Brien compared the Fugitive Slave Act to health reform, the Concord Monitor called O’Brien’s language “despicable” and “nothing short of obscene.”  The Nashua Telegraph called them a "stain on the New Hampshire House," and adding that New  Hampshire Republicans should state if O'Brien's views "represent those of the party."

Yet a week later, O'Brien has refused to apologize for his shameful comments and instead doubled down on them in a op-ed in the Concord Monitor this morning.  Meanwhile there has been silence from Senator Kelly Ayotte, from Republican State Senators Jeb Bradley and Peter Bragdon, and from Republican State Rep Gene Chander - who are letting the former Speaker taint their entire party with his chilling words.

New Hampshire DNC Member Joanne Dowdell asked New Hampshire Republicans to refute his offensive and chilling language.

"Clearly O’Brien sees nothing wrong with his comments as his retorte doubles down and aims to defend the indefensible. After a week of silence it appears the NHGOP doesn't take issue with his outrageous statements either. It is past time for New Hampshire Republicans to take responsibility for their party and to state plainly if they agree with O'Brien's vile comparison of health reform to the Fugitive Slave Act. This is the same repulsive Tea Party rhetoric New Hampshire voters rejected last fall. Silence can be deafening and in the absense of  Kelly Ayotte, Jeb Bradley, Peter Bragdon and Gene Chandler speaking out to reject O'Briens's offensive words, one is left wondering if O'Brien speaks for them.
"Speaker O'Brien should know that I am not embarrassed by the mention of slavery, but I am outraged by his comparison of it to making health coverage more accessible and more affordable for all Americans. The shame his words bring to the entire Republican Party in New Hampshire is a shocking indictment of the state of the NHGOP. It is very telling that in 2013, O'Brien's chilling comments have stood without any refutation or rebuttal from a single Republican for an entire week. It is simply unforgiveable."

The full text of O'Brien's op-ed is below.

My Turn: From the ‘Monitor,’ prejudice, divisiveness, ignorance
Thursday, August 8, 2013 
(Published in the Concord Monitor: Thursday, August 8, 2013)
Re “From O’Brien, a despicable argument” (Monitor editorial, Aug. 5):
It is really no wonder the Concord Monitor, the Nashua Telegraph, and other voices of the Doctrinaire Left are so angry that I brought up the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 during a speech on Obamacare in Concord.
Those on the Left are always embarrassed and compromised by any mention of slavery. Indeed, they should be uncomfortable because the same philosophy that excused slavery underlies their current politics. In fact, those foundational ideals have easily led them to Obamacare’s individual mandate, which, for the first time in American history, orders people to engage in private commerce to support a federal government program.
Pre-Civil War, racist U.S. Sen. John C. Calhoun was a principal apologist for slavery in America. As a recent article by Jarrett Stepman and Inez Feltscher explains, “three of the core ideas Calhoun’s pro-slavery school embraced continue to resonate on the left (and) . . . (e)ach of these principles is echoed in the policy and philosophy of the modern left.”
Those core and continuing principles are, in summary, a rejection, in order to promote such racist policies as slavery, segregation and affirmative action, of the natural rights of men and the concept that all men are equal, and a belief, necessary to economically justify first slavery and now permanent welfare such as Obamacare, that dependency is a positive when contrasted with uncaring capitalism.
The liberals populating the editorial boards of these newspapers ought to spend some time reviewing and understanding history before their editorials again spin forth with the personal attacks that have both come to characterize the Left these days and so polluted our politics.
They can start by reading the article that explains how historically confused they are (
They can continue by answering some specific questions relevant to their free-wheeling attacks on me: What taxes would they have increased in order to spend more money than was available when we cut spending in the 2011-13 state budget? And why, if that budget was so awful, have the spending cuts been continued into the 2013-15 budget in order to again avoid raising taxes?
Prejudice, divisiveness and ignorance all have found homes at the editorial boards of these legacy media newspapers.
We don’t have let them come into our homes.
(Republican state Rep. Bill O’Brien of Mont Vernon is the former speaker of the New Hampshire House.)