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Former U.S. Sen Bob Smith tops straw poll at annual CNHT picnic in Hillsborough



Former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith topped former state Sen. Jim Rubens in a straw poll of Republican candidates seeking to unseat Democrat Jeanne Shaheen as U.S. senator.

The poll was taken Saturday at the annual picnic of the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers held at the American Legion Hall 59 in Hillsborough.

Scott Brown, the former U.S. senator from Massachusetts known for his more moderate stance, came in third. He did not attend the event. Brown, Rubens and Smith are vying for the party's nomination in the Sept. 9 primary.

The straw poll results were provided by Brian Tilton, spokesman for the Rubens campaign. He did not know the exact tallies.

Several attempts to reach Edward Naile of the Coalition, other event organizers and several candidates were unsuccessful.

The gathering drew an estimated 150 people - including Republican candidates for governor, both congressional districts, Executive Council and the state Legislature.

"People are pretty energized. People are very concerned with what's going on with our state's economy and our national economy," Tilton said.

Also discussed were concerns about "government overreach" and infringement on the consitutional and the right to bear arms, he said.

A Ruger Takedown Rifle and Ruger .380 LCP pistol were raffled off at the event.

"People are looking for candidates they can support - people who match their views on issues they care about," Tilton said.

Rubens discussed his concerns about deficit spending and growth in the federal government since the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, Tilton said.




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Gary Gahan said:

From a conversation that I had with one of the attendees of this event yesterday I understand that from her perspective she felt that both Bob Smith and Andrew Hemingway hit home runs out of the park with their presentations of the reasons to vote for them over their opponents that attended the event. As usual it was beneath Scott Btown to show up at an event like this.......if he chooses to be so absent during an election cycle what might we expect of him if he were to be sent to Washington DC to "represent" the interest of the people of NH. I was at the Merrimack parade on Friday and Scott Brown seeing that I was a veteran was so proud to show me his new military veteran retiree ID card ~ it just made me LMAO.
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July 6, 2014 7:00 am

Gary Gahan said:

Who in the world is running the Union Leader? They (4 addresses to reporters) were sent the press release at 6:30 and their article came out at 8:30. Several attempts to reach other organizers? How about their press person WHO WAS SENT THE FULL RELEASE TO FIRST? LOL There were 181 people in attendance, NOT 150. What happened to the bi-line at the top of the Union Leader from none other than own Daniel Webster ~ "There is nothing so powerful as the truth"....can the UL start to fess up to the TRUTH. Or is Bill Loeb turning over at warp speed in his grave with where the UL has gravitated to?
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July 6, 2014 11:25 am

Stephen Boyington said:

Bob Smith has as much chance being hired by NH again to be Senator as OJ does being hired again by Hertz. The silver lining to anyone that wants someone to beat Shaheen is that only the most hardcore 150 people of the GOP were there.
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July 6, 2014 11:52 am

Mike Rogers said:

Dear union leader,The people you quote as being unavailable are all easily accessible to the public. You could, of course, have sent a reporter - he event was well advertised.The dry weather and open doors meant more people circulating outside than usual, so it did not seem as crowded inside as prior election years, but Gary Gahan counts 181, and the organizers told me that over 200 tickets had been sold (Capacity limit 250).Several candidates were there from the beginning, including Hemingway, Garcia, Lambert, Cormier, and some of the lesser-known aspirants.Rubens arrived shortly after the formal opening, and stayed till the end.Smith arrived a little later, but also stayed through the end.Havenstein arrived just in time, and left shortly after his speech - he may or may not have heard Hemingway's call for a formal apology over his "Tea-******" slur (found and initially publicized by James Pindell, covered in more depth at GraniteGrok.com).His table was unattended a lot of the time, although his staff appeared to be working the crowd. A few extra staff arrived just in time to vote, but that didn't stop Havenstein losing to Hemingway 43:111 among this conservative crowd.Brown, as Gary noted, couldn't be bothered to show - he avoids all forums where he might have to actually face the public.Brown is the dog that didn't bark - he is assiduously avoiding sparring practice with Smith and Rubens, and if he should manage to squeak out a primary win, will lose badly to a much more experienced Shaheen.You want a good debater who will vote no when it matters, and build coalitions for necessary bills? Vote Rubens.You want someone who will say "hell no" to all government overreach? Vote Smith.
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July 6, 2014 12:31 pm

Mike Rogers said:

Ha, even though it's reporting of an actual remark by candidate Havenstein, the comment engine removed "TEA b-a-g-g-e-r"!!
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July 6, 2014 12:34 pm

John O'Brien said:

I have been thinking about the comments made by Gary Gahan, aka to most that know him, "Gutless Gary" Gahan the Keyboard Commando of Merrimack, since I saw his posting this morning. I decided that Mr. Gahan must be called out with respect to his intentional fabrications. I was walking with Scott Brown as part of his group in the Merrimack 4th of July parade. I was standing within 8-10 feet when Scott stepped out, as he did with all other veterans, to thank him for his military service, then shook Mr. Gahan's hand. At that time, Scott was completely unaware of who Mr. Gahan was as well as being equally unaware of all the vile, vicious lies that he was spreading about Scott each time he "mounts" his keyboard. However, Mr. Gahan is very aware of what he spews, and suddenly there is Scott Brown in front of him extending his hand in thanks. Scott Brown NEVER presented any document of any kind to any person with whom he spoke either in the Merrimack parade or the Amherst parade that morning. In order to believe that this happened, one would have to imagine Scott stopping the forward motion of the parade to take out his wallet, find this so called document to show to only Mr. Gahan and NO one else, and then start the walk again! Total fabrication by, but very expected of, Mr. Gahan! BTW, how did "Gutless" handle his very uncomfortable situation? He could NOT look Scott in the eye. He looked towards the ground and said quote "Thank you, Colonel"! But today he was back on his keyboard "attacking" from the rear as usual. Here is a curiosity though! Mr. Gahan was the Merrimack person designated by the Smith campaign to coordinated people to walk in support of Mr. Smith. However, there was Mr. Gahan standing on the sideline at about the midpoint of the parade. That is, he got "others" to do the heavy lifting again (as usual) but was available for all photo opp's! You have now met the real Gahan, "Invisible in War, Invincible in Peace". As for his "Tee-Hee-Hee" line about the Coalition meeting being beneath Scott to attend...I am certain that readers can understand that one candidate, regardless of who that person may be, cannot possibly accept each and every invitation that is extended to them. Each and every candidate wishes that he/she could avoid "..invitation conflicts..", but cannot. The "Scott Brown for U.S. Senate" campaign is not immuned to these conflicts. Thank you.
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July 6, 2014 10:01 pm

Bob Jean said:

Scott Brown is avoiding NH voters. He doesn't show up to debates. He's AWOL. He has no electoral success record. Scott Brown got lucky in one special Massachusetts' special election. Bob Smith has won NH election after NH Election. You can't compare the electoral records, the notion the Scott Brown is even electable in NH is founding on thing air.
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July 7, 2014 2:41 am

LLOYD CLEMENT said:

Bob Smith broke ranks and jumped ship years ago, he can't be trusted, he is a "Has been."
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July 7, 2014 10:53 am

John O'Brien said:

Aw-w-w come on Bob, at least try to make it a LITTLE difficult to respond! Re: '..avoiding NH voters.." - Scott travels between two and three hundred miles at LEAST six days a week to meet and speak with individuals/business owners all across NH (try Google/Bing for quick updates). RE: "..he doesn't show up for debates.." - Bob, there has been one and one only debate type meeting between the three candidates. On Sunday, 6/22/14 Josh McElveen hosted that forum on WMUR "CloseUP". Neither Scott, Bob nor Jim missed that one and only debate, but it appears that you did, sir! (try Google/Bing for quick update). RE: "..electoral success..", "Scott Brown got lucky...". In a state where the party enrollment is 36.5% Democrat, 11.3% Republican and 51.6% unaffiliated, Scott ran as a Republican (since age 19) his first election campaign in 1992 at the age of 33 years, and was elected Town Assessor. In 1995 he was elected to the Board of Selectman. In 1998, at the age of 39 years, he ran for and won a seat in the House of Representatives. He served that House from 1998-2004. Then as a Republican, he ran for and was elected a State Senator and served from 2004-2010 (boy his luck is really holding out so far, isn't it Bob?). Then in late 2009, Scott began the very daunting task of running as a Republican to defeat the Democrat Attorney General in a Special Election to be the person elected U.S.Senator in order to finish the unexpired term of the late Ted Kennedy. Despite absolutely incredible odds Bob, Scott won his race. Bob, it was NOT through luck. Rather, it was strictly through the grinding, hard work associated with true state wide, grassroots meet and greets with voters. This is exactly the work ethic that Scott is utilizing today and every day onwards his victory on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. (Bob, I'm not a walking encyclopedia. I merely used a quick Google/Bing search to source this information. I did not find it hard to do and I highly recommend that you give it a try. Who knows Bob, you might get lucky! Best, John.
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July 7, 2014 3:59 pm

MICHAEL LANE said:

If Scott Brown was such a good politician for the people why isn't he still representing MA as one of their Senators. Oh yes, he irritated his supporters so bad they kicked him to the curb. Now explain why the people of NH should vote for him to be our Senator.
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July 7, 2014 6:35 pm

Bob Jean said:

Scott Brown is avoiding NH voters, and NH traditions. Scott Brown was so busy in Massachusetts he doesn't realize NH voters expect him to show up to debates, not just for the cameras, but for people to size him up in person next to the other candidates. Now they don't do that in Massachusetts, and Scott Brown not only want's to bring his big government MA views to NH, but he want's to get the Senate seat by avoiding voters. Scott Brown got lucky in one Massachusetts statewide election. He's a joke with no electoral foundation for any claims he can get elected dog catcher in an one NH town. But he's a very dangerous joke who wants to use the FEDERAL government to take our guns away. Bob Smith won one statewide and major NH election after another, over and over again. And Bob Smith never broke ranks to promise to take our guns away.
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July 8, 2014 5:24 am

John O'Brien said:

Michael and Bob, I admit that I made a "..very serious miscalculation.." when I decided to post on 7/6 and 7/7. You guys are way too wicked smart for me. Absolutely DEVASTATING counterpoints lifted off the boilerplate!My greatest concern now is that I quite possibly have stuck a "..hornet's nest..", and you both will be in the voting booth on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in order to stop Scott Brown from victory. Yup, I have "..asked for it..".
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July 8, 2014 8:20 am

MICHAEL LANE said:

O'Brien you have done nothing to sway me from voting for another candidate.
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July 8, 2014 8:57 am

John O'Brien said:

Michael, I am sincere when I state that I am a little confused by your answer. You wrote "...sway me from voting for ANOTHER (my CAPS) candidate". Who do you feel that I am trying to sway you FROM, and who do you feel that I am trying to sway you TO?When I re-read my previous posting, I believe that I accurately addressed the POINTS that were placed on the table for discussion by the individual contributor. Michael, I did not in any way or at any time, proselytize the qualities of any candidate. I simply addressed what I saw as inaccuracies and/or mischaracterizations.However I would like to make this comment to you, Michael. I do not believe that you can be swayed from your current position because your mind is made up. I do not have a problem with anyone who has firm beliefs. The whole purpose of a Primary election is to sort out which candidate goes forward to challenge the opposition in November. I always unify behind the Primary victor (who may not be my 1st or 2nd choice) in order to defeat the opposition. I will NEVER vote for the opposition candidate nor will I stay home on election day. We get ZERO from Sen. Shaheen now and we will get the same from her should she be re-elected.
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July 8, 2014 9:37 am

MICHAEL LANE said:

O'Brien well, let me put it this way. You have done nothing to convince me that Scott Brown would make a good Senator for NH. You do not know what my position is and who I might vote for in November. But without positive support and valid reasons to vote for a candidate what alternative do you leave. Years ago the Mayor of Honolulu, Frank Fasi, said the residents should vote for him this way "Why vote for the crook you don't know when you can vote for the crook you know." He was a Democrat then but became a Republican later.
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July 8, 2014 10:19 am

John O'Brien said:

Yup Michael, you sure do help make sense of it all! Thank you for going all the way from NH to MA and then to Honolulu to make your point. By the way, that coconut must have really hurt when it hit you on the head. Lifetime head scrambling injuries, huh?! We both know that there is NOTHING that can be said or done to move you from your position. One of us is now wasting the others time so let's agree to move on with our respective lives. Just make sure that you are in the voting booth on Primary Day, the 1st Tuesday in September (2nd) and cast your vote for whomever you wish. Best, John.
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July 8, 2014 10:59 am

MICHAEL LANE said:

Nice non-support of a candidate. Sure makes me and probably a lot of others uncomfortable with him. As I am not aligned to any party and I do not believe in selecting one just to be able to vote in a primary I'll wait until November to cast my ballot.
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July 8, 2014 12:23 pm

LLOYD CLEMENT said:

Mike Lane: I am willing to bet you vote for: Um, hmmmmm, ahhhhhh, I I I beeett you vote foooor, Oh I know, Jeanne Shaheen! But wait, you live in Arizona, now that is a dilemma.
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July 8, 2014 1:34 pm

MICHAEL LANE said:

CLEMENT we left Phoenix 19 April and arrived here 23 April.
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July 8, 2014 4:51 pm

JOHN SAPIENZA said:

Brown will have better luck running as a Democrat.
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July 8, 2014 6:41 pm

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