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Respectable third

Thanks to all of the volunteers who put the time in at the polls today. Unfortunately, two other candidates poured far more money into the race, and had tremendous backing going into this.

We will pull together in the coming months to support freedom and free markets, to work to restore personal responsibility and personal liberty, and to return money, power, and decision making back down to the local level and back to the people.

We’ll move forward building a grass roots effort to protect our most important rights and freedoms that the Founders intended. With God’s help, we’ll get this country back on track.

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Primary today!

Months of planning and preparation all lead to today’s primary. Folks in all four towns will be showing up, and we have volunteers ready to meet them.

If you believe in smaller government and more freedom, voting in support of my campaign is a great way to show it. We hope to see everyone at the polls today. For Seabrook, voting will be at the Rec Center. For Kensington, South Hampton, and Hampton Falls, it will be at their respective town halls.

“A house divided…”

Abraham Lincoln warned during the darker days of the American Civil War that, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Many do not realize the Biblical origins of the quote from Mark 3:24, spoken by Jesus Christ:

Mark 3:24-29 (NIV)
[24] “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. [25] If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. [26] And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. [27] In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. [28] Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, [29] but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”

A very civil Republican primary has turned negative over just the last few days, and attacks are being made indirectly against fellow Republicans. Of course, we recollect Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment, “Speak ill of no fellow Republican.” Although there are strong differences of opinion amongst candidates, the decision of who really represents our party must be left up to our fellow Republicans. Will we be able to come together as a group and take on the Democrats and their big government, liberal agenda? Will we be able to move forward as a cohesive team? Or will they be able to take another seat without competition? Will the Grand Old Party split for good?

Mass mailers hitting our mail boxes

Among others, folks are receiving letters and a cards from both candidates and out of area political groups. Along with a politely worded letter from firefighter Kevin Janvrin and an attack mailer that is getting a lot of publicity.

Putting his picture next to Barack Obama, of all people, are negative statements like, “Kevin Janvrin: Too L&#$!*l,” and, “Kevin Janvrin: Bigger Government.” While it is true that Kevin is not the best fiscal conservative in the race, calling him the ‘L’ word was completely out of line and in poor taste. Comparing him to Obama was just inappropriate.

For the record, I feel that Kevin has been a good, upstanding fireman and a role model for kids. I don’t agree with some of his remarks in the paper, and most of the people I’ve talked to are concerned that he will not support pension reform, but I think it better to simply express professional disagreements professionally, state our positions honestly, and let the voters decide who they want representing us.

music festival at Gov. Weare Park

There was some good music and great hot dogs at Governor Weare Park, this evening. I got to meet one of the musicians after the show who was also an inhabitant of the town. The American Legion (#35) was there to provide food for the patriotic event, and I even bumped into a few folks I’d helped the previous year after the primary, then. (I helped them move their gear to the truck, once again.)

All in all, lots of fun was had. A couple of public school employees have told me that the NEA had already told them to vote for one of my opponents, Kevin Janvrin. The NEA is normally a group that supports liberal Democrats–never conservative Republicans. They only get into a Republican primary to support one of their own who only runs as a Republican. The public sector unions are really weighing in heavily on Kevin’s behalf, and there are some other out of district groups that seem to be supporting another candidate for Tuesday.

Speaking with so many voters from around the district, they are sophisticated enough to see the monied interest groups weighing in on behalf of their preferred candidate.

meeting voters in Kensington…

I have finally been able to reach people in Kensington, which, along with South Hampton, have been underrepresented due to their small size.

Since this is my second run for State Representative, I felt it important to make sure that I heard from folks on the west side of our district, and have even been attending a number of public meetings in each of the four towns–usually two or three meetings in each town. I’ve been very fortunate in being able to hear the concerns and issues from folks on the other side of I-95.

One of the biggest surprises is finding how many “Republicans” and “Democrats” are actually independent voters. It’s refreshing to hear people’s willingness to put party aside and vote for what they feel is best for the town.

The cavalry has arrived!

With the special election primary now just one week away, my campaign for State Representative has just received a good number of volunteers from both inside the district and near to it. A number of people are helping by placing signs, making reminder calls, or getting friends out to the polls. More folks are planning to make this event than almost any other special election primary to date.

If you would like to help out, just grab one of the signs planted near one of the four polling places next Tuesday and show your support for smaller government and lower taxes.