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10 More Days Until A New NH GOP Chair Is Chosen

On Saturday, January 26, the annual meeting of the NH Republican party will occur, and a new state Chairman will be chosen.

It has been an interesting month for NH Republicans as the battle has heated up for who will be chosen as the next NH Republican Party Chairman at the January 26th annual meeting to be held at Bedford High School that will be attended by 504 delegates from throughout the state.

The first to announce candidacy for the position was longtime party activist and twice Congressional candidate Jennifer Horn of Nashua, who many considered as a shoo-in for the post. However, within days, a rising star in the party also jumped into the race, and that was Andrew Hemingway of Bristol, a successful young businessman and family man who has raised millions of dollars for Republican candidates and organizations through his innovative use of the internet and social media.

Both have crisscrossed the state to build support for their candidacies, and both have amassed impressive lists of well-known endorsers. It's safe to say that NH Republicans recognize the need to revamp traditional methods if Republicans are to regain power in the state, but the big question now seems to be which of the two candidates is the best equipped to move the party into the future. On the one hand, there's Horn with lots of longtime connections and visibility, and on the other hand, there's Hemingway who has lots of specific plans for how to position the party to attract more new and young voters and to embrace and use the new technologies that Democrats successfully used to win elections both in NH and nationwide. Which way will it go? I have no idea, but I do think that all Republicans need to hear what both candidates have to say. 

A couple of weeks ago, this blog announced the BCTV airing of a "Tell It Like It Is" show titled "Who Will Be The Next GOP Chairman?" with Guest Andrew Hemingway. That show can be viewed at anytime by going to www.tellitlikeitisnh.com . Simply click on the Issues tab, and it will be listed under Recent Shows.

Since then, a new show has been taped, "Who Will Be The Next GOP Chairman?" with Guest Jennifer Horn. That show will begin airing this Friday on BCTV Channel 16. It too can be viewed at anytime by going to www.tellitlikeitisnh.com .

Please watch both shows, especially if you're a Republican. And after doing so, contact your local party delegates to tell them which candidate you prefer. And if you're a Democrat, take a look at the shows too. You'll be seeing a lot of both of these candidates in the future.

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Stephen D. Clark January 19, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Jan, the GOP has cultivated a core of base support over the decades that increasingly adheres to a John Birch Society kind of conspiracist extremism. Take former chairman Jack Kimball, for instance: Before he was elected to chair the NH GOP, he was quoted in the Portsmouth Herald, saying, "All my life, I was taught that communism and socialism were what we were fighting against. Then, without firing a single shot, that's what we're getting ... [I bought] as much ammo as I could get my hands on ... I think we have serious things coming." The toothpaste is out of the tube. This is today's Republican Party and they won't shake that stuff off overnight, thanks in no small part to Fox News. You can't just become another party by discarding one base of support for another. And what kind of message will be more energizing than "evil socialism and domestic concentration camps?" And who else would care to be associated with such a cohort before the change could be accomplished? They're stuck. As leadership tries to sidle back towards the center, the existing base will grow angrier and angrier and potential converts will become leerier and leerier.
Proud Conservative January 19, 2013 at 03:28 PM
The gap between the left and the right has not widened because the right has pulled further right. It's widened because the left has moved to the extreme left.
Stephen D. Clark January 19, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Ashamed conservative, if you think that, then you don't know what "far left" is.
Hilltopper January 20, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Mr Clark You' re the expert. Please define what "far left" is
steve forte January 20, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Yes I would be interested in seeing your definition of far left too.

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