Apparently I wasn't the only Republican to disagree with right wing zealots who dominated Saturday's New Hampshire party convention. Remember this.
Now, Politico is reporting how the abortion plank is already coming back to haunt U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown. A little ol' state Rep from Ward 8 Manchester (that would be I) means very little, but this story going national could well cost Republicans an important pick-up in the United States Senate. Time will tell, but it's going to be a losing week for Brown thanks to this, and every week you spend on defense is a week you can't spend pointing out how Jeanne Shaheen votes with Barack Obama 99 percent of the time and how she was the decisive vote for the ever unpopular Obamacare. No wonder N.H. state party officials declined to offer a comment on the story; clearly, they'd like it to just go away.
This should be especially troubling for Party Chair Jennifer "the First" Horn who spent much of last week threatening Republicans who even considered supporting a Democrat (Chris Pappas, a far better candidate than Bob Burns for Executive Council in the Manchester area). What's she going to do now? Say that Scott Brown isn't a proper Republican?
Talk about wishing your dirty laundry in public!
Talk about the lunatics running the asylum! (But guess what; they're undoubtedly too ignorant to realize--or even care about--the harm they've done),
Democratic Chair Ray Buckley, he of the nasty one liner and ever-present smirk, couldn't have done more to hurt Reublicans than these overzealous Republican delegates (only you can decide if the word neanderthal truly applies). Just wait till the media gets a hold of the anti-gay language.
An A.P. reporter was asking me for the exact language today. I don't have it. Does anyone? Certainly Jen can't keep it hidden forever, and as we should have learned long ago with Richard Nixon, a cover-up only makes things much worse).
In the immortal words of the great J.D. Clampett (of the Beverly Hills Clampetts), "Pitiful...pitiful."
Scott Brown splits with New Hampshire GOP on abortion
Republican Scott Brown has something to run against besides Democrat Jeanne Shaheen: His state GOP’s abortion stance.
The New Hampshire Republican Party adopted Saturday a socially conservative party platform that supports “the pre-born child’s fundamental right to life and person-hood under the Fourteenth Amendment” as well as the “Life at Conception Act.” Those policies are at odds with the New Hampshire GOP’s Senate nominee’s stances on abortion, and Brown’s Democratic opponent Shaheen attacked him on Monday for the “disturbing” message sent by the New Hampshire Republicans.
In an emailed statement, a Brown aide made clear that the former Massachusetts senator does not agree with the personhood language, which defines life as starting at conception and grants fetuses the same rights as human beings.
“Scott Brown is pro-choice and will protect a woman’s right to choose,” Brown spokeswoman Elizabeth Guyton said.
In a highly critical statement, Shaheen said she saw little daylight between the party’s activist base in New Hampshire and Brown’s position.
“They are dangerously wrong, and by signing on with Tea Party extremists, they’re showing just how irresponsibly out of touch they are with the needs and rights of women,” Shaheen said.
The race between Brown and Shaheen has tightened in the polls recently — and become increasingly nasty as Brown lobs attacks at Shaheen’s immigration position. The two agreed Monday to three televised debates in late October, though Brown is pushing for more.
New Hampshire Republican officials declined to respond to messages about the party platform throughout the day on Monday. New Hampshire reporter James Pindell tweeted that the media was booted out of the bylaws portion of the party convention Saturday — and the 2014 party platform is still not publicly available, though it has been discussed extensively by GOP activists in social media shared with POLITICO. The party platform currently posted on the website is from 2012.
The personhood issue is affecting several close Senate races like Colorado, where Republican Rep. Cory Gardner has disavowed his earlier support for the language and is now aggressively backing over-the-counter contraceptive availability. And Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) has attacked Republican opponent Joni Ernst for supporting the language as a state lawmaker; Ernst has also emphasized her support for birth control.