New Hampshire news: Andy Martin challenges Jennifer Horn, Andrew Hemingway to statewide debates before January 26th
2013-01-14 08:30:33 - Republican leader Andy Martin will hold a telephone news conference today, Sunday evening, January 13th to challenge state chairman candidates Jennifer Horn and Andrew Hemingway to a series of statewide debates before January 26th. Andy is also a candidate to lead the New Hampshire Republican Party.
“So far, the New Hampshire GOP state chairman’s ‘election’ has been ‘brokered’ with Chicago-style endorsements seeking to prevent an open campaign and an honest vote,” Andy says. “The ‘winner’ of such a closed process will not and cannot enjoy legitimacy. I suggest we open up the state chairman’s election, with the three candidates, Ms. Horn, Mr. Hemingway and me holding a series of statewide debates before January 26th from Colebrook to Nashua, from Keene to Dover. If my opponents are afraid to debate me and to debate the obvious issues, what does that say about their future as ‘leaders’ if they win a rigged election? I believe New Hampshire Republicans are ready for reform; they want to win again,” says Andy. “The old ways are not working. The establishment is discredited. The hard, right, as always, is restless. Only a strong leader can lead under these circumstances.”
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ATTENTION NATIONAL AND NEW HAMPSHIRE DAYBOOK/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS
ANNOUNCEMENT OF TELEPHONE NEWS CONFERENCE
New Hampshire Republican leader Andy Martin challenges Jennifer Horn and Andrew Hemingway to a series of statewide debates before January 26th
Andy is working to open up the New Hampshire GOP to new people and new ideas
Andy says the New Hampshire GOP is “not just the party activist delegates that will vote on January 26th”
Andy says the state GOP has an unusual and challenging set of three very different candidates for state chairman
Andy says he represents the “Lincoln” wing of the Party, committed to public integrity and political reform
Andy says that if the GOP “establishment” tries to “broker-in-advance” the January 26th chairman’s election, there will absolutely be a backlash from ordinary Republicans and conservative independents
(MANCHESTER, NH) (January 13, 2013) New Hampshire Republican leader Andy Martin will hold a telephone news conference this evening, January 13th, to call on Jennifer Horn and Andrew Hemingway to agree to a series of statewide debates before the party leadership votes for a new chairman on January 26th. Horn, Hemingway and Andy are candidates for state chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party.
“Some people have suggested party members meet for a discussion or ‘debate’ after January 26th Andy says. “The debates should take place before Republicans vote on January 26th, not afterwards. This is New Hampshire, not Barack Obama’s Chicago. The efforts to ‘broker’ the state chairman's election in advance look more like an Obama-style Chicago fix than a traditional New England town meeting.
“If the state chairman’ election is brokered-in-advance on January 26th, the winner will not enjoy legitimacy, not as a leader for Republicans generally and not with independent conservative voters in New Hampshire.
“Republican leaders have an interesting slate of three candidates to choose from, representing three very different approaches to politics and party leadership:
“Jennifer Horn comes from the hard right of the party, the dead-enders who always say our candidates were ‘not conservative enough’ after they lose an election. In a switch, Horn is now backed by the party’s desiccated ‘establishment reeling after the humiliation of last November. Horn’s ‘real’ constituency, however, always supports primary candidates who are more conservative (and presumably even more out of touch) than anyone who can win a general election in New Hampshire.
“Horn turns the old adage, ‘don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good’ on its head. She demands ‘perfection and her slate always loses. They have lost 8 out of 9 gubernatorial elections and she is positioned, and ‘brokered to make it 9 out of 10 losses in 2014.
“Horn does not accept and probably does not realize that you cannot force the voters to agree with you.
“New Hampshire is not a hard right state. Nothing Horn says can convince sentient voters it is. Once again, the party’s establishment is backing a sure and certain ‘loser’ in Horn for party chairman.
“Andrew Hemingway certainly qualifies as a ‘technocrat Ironically, Horn's natural constituency is supporting Hemingway, not Horn, because the ‘right’ perceives Horn as having ‘sold out’ to the establishment. Andrew is a whiz on technology, and his platform is focused on technology and online politicking. But Andrew lacks the decades of political seasoning that are called for in a statewide leader or senior public official. Andrew may represent the ‘future but he is probably not the leader Republicans need in 2013.
“I come out of the ‘Lincoln’ wing of the party, reformers who are committed to pubic integrity and political reform. Generally speaking, we want to make government more honest and more service oriented. But we are prepared to accept incremental, not radical, reform. Nevertheless, I want New Hampshire Republicans to come out swinging and take down the corrupt Democratic Party machine in New Hampshire.
“No one doubts I know how to hit hard and dish the dirt on the Democrats. The New Hampshire Democratic Party has become a freak show, but Democrats still win by default because of the unpalatable candidates Republicans offer on election day.
Republicans desperately need an aggressive leader, right now. Ironically, I could be the ‘compromise’ candidate between Republicans who don’t trust ‘switcher’ Horn, and leaders who accept that Hemingway is not yet ready to be a statewide field general. I also promise to be ‘collegial’ leader, who will consult first and act second.
“Horn has a history of a ‘ready, aim, fire’ approach to leadership. The conservative ‘speakers’ Horn invited to New Hampshire in 2012 were all hard right; none of them could actually win an election in New Hampshire.
“Republicans need a ‘General Grant’ who can fight and lead, not party holdovers from the past. I have forty-five years of public experience and radio and TV experience exposing corruption and fighting for public integrity and political responsibility.
“I believe I can work longer, fight harder and lead better than either of my two opponents.
“I will take the ‘war’ to the Democrats, and discourage any intra-party battles that divide Republicans and reelect Democrats. Just now, Republicans need a leader who is above all perceived as tough, aggressive, ready to lead and ready to attack the opposition. When I was fighting for ballot-integrity in a Strafford County court last September, fighting against an ACLU onslaught, the Republican Party was nowhere to be seen. I can talk the talk, but also walk the walk. Can Horn and Hemingway?
“I want to bring the party back to its traditional New England roots, to public integrity, government accountability and political independence. I am neither a ‘RINO’ nor a hard-rightist. I grew up in a Republican Party where New England was a ‘base’ of the party, not a vast wasteland of liberal dictatorship. I represent the ‘core’ of today’s New Hampshire voters, which we know from November 6th is absolutely not the ‘core’ of the Republican primary electorate.
“I have the experience and background fighting corruption to lead the battle to restore Republican Party to leadership and victory in New Hampshire.
“So, Ms. Horn and Mr. Hemingway, let’s debate. Now. Anywhere. Any time. Before January 26th. Take your best shot.
“If my opponents are afraid to face off against me Andy chides. “How are they going to face the Democrats
Andy is continuing his efforts to permit every Republican to participate in news conferences, by scheduling some of them at convenient evening times when all voters can listen in and participate.
JANUARY 13TH NEW HAMPSHIRE [TELEPHONE] NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS:
New Hampshire Republican Party leader Andy Martin
Andy Martin challenges Jennifer Horn and Andrew Hemingway to a series of statewide debates before January 26th, debating the future of the New Hampshire Republican Party
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Sunday, January 13th, 2013 - 7:00 P.M.
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