NH GOP ALIVE AND WELL: Last week’s municipal elections held a lot of good news for Republicans.
Frank Guinta’s re-election as Mayor in Manchester with 54 percent of the vote despite an all-out attack from the Gov. John Lynch and the New Hampshire Democratic Party. Gov. Lynch did mail and paid TV, radio, and newspaper ads against Guinta.
Donnalee Lozeau’s election as Mayor of Nashua means both of NH’s largest cities now have Republican Mayors.
Scott Pope and Ken Merrifield were reelected and elected mayors of Claremont and Franklin, respectively – two cities not exactly known to be Republican strongholds.
Dover voters passed a tax cap, a policy heavily favored by limited government fiscal conservatives.
MESSAGE FROM SENATOR SUNUNU: For a 1 min 30 sec video message from Senator Sununu, check out http://www.nhgop.org/home/2007/11/13/a-message-from-senator-john-sununu.html
SHAHEEN GETS LOST: Jeanne Shaheen missed an event last weekend because she got lost. Hey, it can happen – but in Dover, part of her own former state senate district? “My directions were incorrect, and I drove around for an hour looking for it,” Shaheen told Fosters. Today’s Union Leader reported: State Republican Chairman Fergus Cullen poked fun at Shaheen. Cullen said that Shaheen has been out of office for five years and has spent “most of that time at Harvard,” where she directed the university’s Institute of Politics, “and is just starting to reacquaint herself with New Hampshire. “If the event had taken place in Cambridge, I’m sure she’d have known just where it was,” said Cullen. “Of course, she could have pulled over and asked for help, but maybe there wasn’t enough time to assemble a blue ribbon commission on directions. Besides, a lot has changed over the years she was at Harvard. For example, Google came up with this cool feature called Google Maps which helps people find directions,” Cullen said.
TAXPAYER FUNDED CAMPAIGN MAIL: Many of you have reported receiving a piece of taxpayer funded campaign mail from Pelosi Twins Hodes and Shea-Porter this week. Make no mistake: This is an abuse of tax payer dollars, pure propaganda paid for a taxpayer expense. They said they’d go to Washington to reform…and they have quickly become part of the problem.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: If you think that taxpayer funded campaign mail is an abuse, how about writing a letter to the editor to bring attention it? Our tireless Vice Chairman Wayne MacDonald had a nice LTE in the Concord Monitor the other day: http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071110/OPINION/711100319/1029/OPINION03
CONGRATS: To Dover’s David Scott, who was named the winner of the Union Leader’s First Amendment Award yesterday for his tireless pursuit of opening up city hall and exposing a series of sweetheart contracts involving hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars. David was also re-elected to the Dover city council last week.
SECOND CD NEWS: We currently have one announced candidate for congress in the second district (temporarily held, for now, by Paul Hodes), three people publicly exploring bids, and at least two others privately exploring candidacies. This article is mostly about announced candidate Jim Steiner of Concord: http://cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=5&docID=news-000002626000
MUCH ADO ABOUT DELEGATES: As you may have heard, there is an effort by the RNC to reduce the number of Republican delegates at stake in the primary from 24 to 12. For perspective, we had 16 delegates in 1996 and 17 in 2000. We have chosen not to rattle sabers on this issue at this time, while reserving the right to challenge the decision at a later date. The first-in-the-nation primary has never been about the number of delegates at stake. Candidates come here to prove their ability to earn support in a broadly participatory primary.
HIGHER TAXES, HIGHER TOLLS: Gov. Lynch has raised tolls for the second time of his administration. To see a sign that has been popping up on ramps to the turnpike system, go to http://www.nhgop.org/home/2007/10/23/john-lynch-higher-taxes-higher-tolls.html And to read an op/ed I wrote about Lynch’s higher tolls, go to http://www.citizen.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071015/CITIZEN_05/710150047/-1/CITIZEN
GOOD IDEA: A Cheshire County Republican suggests that when you are making out your Christmas cards this year, consider sending one here:
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c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
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ON THE ROAD: I’ll be speaking to the Wakefield GOP this coming Tuesday night. If you have a GOP meeting coming up and are looking for a speaker, I’d like to come.
Invite me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairman, NH Republican Party