Matt Mowers: A thank you and some advice for Kathy Sullivan
I’d like to thank Kathy Sullivan for using her column in the Union Leader to publicly welcome me as the new executive director of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee. The word among political professionals is that Kathy is nothing but a partisan hack, so it’s a pleasant surprise to see her offer encouragement on my new job with the party.
I also appreciate her advice and willingness to share her delusional view of New Hampshire politics. I’m sure her rant was well-intentioned, though unfortunately it missed the mark. In the same spirit, I’d like to offer some observations that I have made as I have prepared to take on my new position.
The entire Democratic Party has a serious credibility problem in the wake of the unfolding Obamacare debacle. For years, Democrats have invested time and political capital pushing this terrible law and trying to convince voters that Obamacare is good for New Hampshire. But the results for working families have been disastrous. Despite the dishonest promises made by the President and dutifully parroted by virtually every Democrat in the country, millions of Americans have lost their health insurance. By any measure, HealthCare.gov has been an abysmal failure and has undermined public confidence in the President’s leadership and ability to implement the big government policies that are at the core of the Democratic Party’s liberal agenda. Only 269 people have been able to sign up for Obamacare in New Hampshire. Based on these pathetic numbers, Granite Staters would have had a better chance of winning one of the 275 moose hunting permits distributed though New Hampshire’s 2013 lottery than they would at getting health insurance through Barack Obama’s broken website.
On the federal level, Democratic candidates are rattled and panicked by the Obama administration’s disastrous incompetence. After casting the deciding vote for Obamacare, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is trying to distract voters from her enthusiastic support for this awful law.
During her undistinguished term in the Senate, Shaheen repeatedly and dishonestly assured Granite Staters that they could keep their insurance if they liked it. She has demonstrated a stunning lack of integrity by refusing to admit her claims were false and apologize.
Instead of protecting New Hampshire from Obamacare, Shaheen has offered phony political stunts designed to prop up her re-election campaign. The Wall Street Journal called her plan to adjust the enrollment period as a ploy for “Democrats to distance themselves from Obamacare while still embracing it.”
Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster have also desperately tried to distance themselves from Obamacare, but have both refused to join bipartisan efforts to delay the new individual mandate tax on New Hampshire families. Granite Staters are smart enough to see through their disingenuous political stunts and realize that they cannot be trusted to fix our broken health care system. In addition to Obamacare, Shea-Porter has long championed a single payer, European-style socialist health care system — a system that would take decisions out of the hands of families and doctors, all while destroying our already fragile economy.
On the state level, Gov. Maggie Hassan’s term has been marked by her failed leadership. Her fiscally irresponsible budget proposal increased state spending by $1 billion and was balanced with non-existent revenue from an unapproved casino proposal — potentially leaving New Hampshire taxpayers on the hook for a budget the governor knew the state could not afford. Despite heavy lobbying from the governor herself — and prominent Democrats like Kathy Sullivan — the budget proposal went down in flames at the hands of the Democrat-led New Hampshire House of Representatives.
Gov. Hassan has also championed Obamacare’s reckless expansion of Medicaid. And she has done nothing to stand up for Granite Staters after it was announced that the number of hospitals in Obamacare’s insurance network would be drastically reduced, forcing people to give up their doctors and drive long distances for care — putting seniors and families at risk.
To Kathy Sullivan, I hope you find these observations as helpful as I found yours. Good luck trying to explain Barack Obama, Jeanne Shaheen, Maggie Hassan, Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster’s broken promises and rebuild the damaged credibility of your flailing political party before the 2014 elections. And thanks again for the warm welcome.
Matt Mowers is the new executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party. He previously worked for Gov. Chris Chistie in New Jersey.