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John DiStaso's Granite Status: Conservative NH group airs first TV ad of '14 US Senate election, hitting Shaheen for health care vote
Group director Kristin Beaulier said, "While a majority of New Hampshire residents have said they do not support Obamacare, Senator Shaheen has yet to join them in opposition to a law that is already proving to have a negative effect on families in our state. Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire is calling on Senator Shaheen to join with her constituents, work to repeal the current law, and fight for New Hampshire families that will be forced to live with less."
Portman will attend a private business luncheon with Ayotte at the Tuscan Kitchen in Salem on June 14 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Tickets are $250 and can be purchased by visiting the state party's web site.
A Dartmouth College alumnus, Portman added the appearance at the fund-raiser to a previously scheduled visit to his alma mater, where he will participate in an American Politics panel as part of a weekend of events in Hanover for the Dartmouth Class of 1978's 35th reunion.
We understand that he reached out to Ayotte a few days a go to let her know that he would be in state, and Ayotte suggested that he host a fund-raiser for the NHGOP.
Portman, one of the leading GOP voices on fiscal issues in Washington, was on Mitt Romney's short list of potential vice presidential candidates when he last visited the state in July 2012.
He is up for reelection in 2016 but is also becoming increasingly mentioned as a potential presidential hopeful.
Portman in March became the first sitting Republican senator to voice support for marriage equality when he said his gay son had influenced him on the issue.
NHGOP chair Jennifer Horn called Portman "a leader in the fight to promote pro-growth policies that will create jobs and restore fiscal discipline to Washington. We are very pleased that he has agreed to help our party raise the resources that we need to elect responsible Republicans in 2014 who will help control spending, reduce taxes and limit government."
(The full Sunday, June 2, Granite Status follows.)
Next month, if history repeats, after the Legislature (presumably) goes home, things should begin to heat up.
In June of 2009, there was much speculation that Republican Attorney General Kelly Ayotte would run for the seat that incumbent Judd Gregg had announced his intention to vacate months earlier.
Democrat Paul Hodes, on the other hand, had told us back in February of 2009, when Gregg announced his plans, that he would run.
GOP businessmen Bill Binnie and Jim Bender were the late-comers waiting until the early fall of that year.
Shaheen, even as she headed the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, was being recruited to run as early as April, 2007, for a rematch of her 2002 loss to Sununu.
Bradley needs to get through the legislative session before making a final decision, although he has been speaking to GOP groups statewide, ostensibly in his role as majority leader.
The same goes for Guinta, although a Senate bid is beginning to look a bit unlikely. If he chooses another run against U.S. Rep Carol Shea-Porter, he can wait longer, but not too much.
(Well, not exactly. Conservative activist Karen Testerman has expressed an interest in the seat. And Andy Martin, a former candidate in the New Hampshire presidential primary, actually announced on Memorial Day that he's running.)
That puts him "to the left of Jeanne Shaheen," according to Greg Moore, executive director of the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire.
Rubens proposes a "pollution tax" and cuts in corporate in individual taxes, which, he says, taken together, would be "revenue neutral."
Nor has he been afraid to take on big business and the fossil-fuel energy industry.
NO 'OBAMACARE' HELP FROM NH? Bradley and fellow Republican state Sen. Andy Sanborn of Bedford, joined by Sen. Sam Cataldo of Farmington, recommended in Senate Commerce Committee last week that legislation be killed that would allow the state to participate in implementing President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
The bill would not only restore additional state authority on exchanges but would align state rules with pending ACA rules on broader aspects of the individual and small group markets.
But it was not, as of Friday, a slam dunk. Two, and possibly three, GOP senators were described to us by an activist who backs the bill as being "shaky,"
THREE FOR THREE? We'll see. New Hampshire Democrats have gone "two for two" in state House special elections since the November 2012 general election.
The third special election is Tuesday, June 4, in Claremont's Ward 2, and the candidates are well-known in their communities and in their respective parties. Both are also former House members.
The Republican, Joe Osgood, 59, owns Joe's Family Car Center, and lost to David Pierce in the 2012 District 5 state Senate election.
The Democrat is Larry Converse, 70, a retired factory worker who served in the House from 1983 to 1984 and again from 2004 to 2008. Political veterans will remember that Converse stepped up back in 1984 to be his party's sacrificial lamb to run against Judd Gregg for the 2nd District U.S. House seat.
Democrats won the special elections held so far in Nashua and Manchester.
This one could be more competitive.
Osgood last November beat Pierce, who's from Hanover, in Osgood's home ward.
NHDP CONVENTION. State Democrats were scheduled to gather last Saturday at Nashua South High School for the annual state convention. On the list: party leaders, grassroots activist training sessions, and awards.
On June 14, she will speak about "Women and the GOP" at the Congregational Church in Exeter, with the event sponsored by the Rockingham County Republican Executive Committee, as well as the Exeter and Seacoast Republicans.