Many politicians, from both parties, truly have no business being in office; I would like nothing better than to see voters reject these frauds come November if not in next week's primary. Many incumbents, who haven't even bothered to show up half the time, have the unmitigated gall to seek re-election.
I will name no names here; I'm sure you can guess who they are.
However, I am troubled by today's media reports that two candidates I like a great deal are involved in a down and dirty battle in Senate District 9, the new district which runs from Bedford all the west into Cheshire County.
I like Bedford State Rep. Ken Hawkins a great deal. As a member of the Executive Departments and Administration Committee, he knows as much about pension reform as anyone in Concord.
I like former Senator Andy Sanborn a great deal. He's a libertaran through and through, my kind of Republican.
It's truly a shame that they both cannot win. It's truly a shame that this race has degenerated into a mud slinging contest.
Senator Sanborn had every right to move into this district; we are a mobile society and people tend to move around. The Union Leader was wrong earlier when it suggested he was shopping around for a new district since his old one had been carved up. Truth is the district was carved up only after he moved; had he remained in Henniker, you can be sure Senate redistricting experts would have made his district more "Republican", and we could most have both Hawkins and Sanborn in the Senate.
Sad to say, that's not possible. May the best man win. Although Democrats think they have a chance of capturing this seat in November, I still rate it highly Republican. Bedord, about the most Republican town in the state, has nearly half the people in the district, and it enjoys such a high turnout that it should overwhelm the more liberal or moderate communities to the west.
In my district (18 which icludes Manchester Wards five through nine and Litchfield), it's Gail Barry all the way running against Democrats wedded to big government, Donna Soucy the actual Democrat and Art Beaudry who is running an an independent but is still every bit the big tax and spender.