Andrew Hemingway for NH GOP Chair – questions from the ‘Grok

by Skip

Andrew Hemingway For NH GOP ChairUpdated and Bumped:  Since a number of GraniteGrok readers have already posed questions on the posts I put up concerning Andrew Hemingway’s running for NH GOP Chair, I decided to see if they could get answers to those questions.  I have emailed with Andrew and he has indicated that he’d be most  happy to oblige.  So, I’ll gather them up and will start / continue to post both the questions and the answers here over the next few weeks. The idea will be to have answered questions “up top” and unanswered ones after the jump; so prepare to see this post a number of times.  Stay tuned!

Sidenote:  Other than this particular outreach to the Hemingway campaign, this is about all the contact we have with his campaign.  Neither I, GraniteGrok, or any of the other writers (that I know of) are working for the campaign (just in case you were wondering).

Answers from Andrew:

  • Andrew, Why are you seeking this position?

I am seeking this position because I believe I am uniquely qualified and positioned to help move the party in a new direction. I believe the NH is a better state when Republicans are leading, and so I want to dedicate my efforts to seeing republicans elected all over the state. The party needs leadership, creativity, and a sound understanding of technology. I can provide all of these and we can once again begin winning elections and helping turn around our state and our country.

  • Our current method of reaching unknown, prospective voters in nonexistent, what your vision to help reach voters?

This hits the area I am most excited about. We need to expand our Republican voting base and we can do this through data collection, analysis, and implementation. Data will drive the decisions that we make if I am elected as Chairman. We will be able to target new voters and deliver the right message to them.

  • Andrew, how will you bypass the old media (or do you have to) bias towards Republicans and conservatives in this state?

Social media allows Republicans a great opportunity not only reach voters and to bypass the media, but to target exactly who we are talking to, and what to say to them. We can talk to “Business Owners” about taxes and spending and to “hunters” about gun rights and land ownership, etc. The NHGOP needs to build a complete technology infrastructure that will facilitate such targeting and messaging.

More unanswered questions after the jump.

From his UStream on Facebook livestream of Monday, 12/3/12:

  • Andrew, do you think that the Establishment faction of the NH GOP will start calling you, either openly or in a whisper campaign, an extremist for your conservative grassroots activities? Will they try to do to you what they have done to others?
  • What are your plans for re-building our grass root efforts?

Some of the questions asked at the ‘Grok are meant on areas of direct NH GOP action / governance – and some go to personal motivation / philosophy of the candidate (some editing done):

  • Might this Conservative advocate be for choice in schooling for the chilt’ren?
  • Might this Conservative advocate be for a person doing onto his property that which he/she wants so long as it does not physically spill onto his neighbor’s?
  • Perhaps this Conservative person would do away with silly prohibitions, but be sure that those who imbibe [in intoxicants] personally pay for the privilege, and therefore be more apt to carry their moral compass with them, rather than imposed upon them? (added by Skip: personal decisions should be borne solely by that individual – not society)
  • Mike Murphy’s piece: But nary a mention WHY the obtaining of power is important – what is it that the NH GOP to accomplished when it has been obtained?
  • From another post:
    • What should the emphasis of the NH GOP be as Chair with respect to the above question (WHY power / how use power)?
    • What is your position as Chair on Power vs Application (specifics)? How would you nudge elected officials towards that official policy you would set as the Public Policy (after all, the Democrat Chair has his – can you even discuss what it is)?
  • How would you highlight Real Republicans™ who are sincerely and concertedly working to:

1. Provide school choice for all parents in NH
2. Enable private property ownership (sans permission slips)
3. Enable exchange of same

  • Wonder which candidate would sign a pledge to actively and forcefully pursue” skool choice” for all parents in the Grate State of New Hamsters, and return of property rights (starting with elimination of Eminent Insane), elimination of DRED,  AND sign on the dotted line to that effect that contain some conditional teeth that if violated would immediately disqualified said signer from said office (Many of us have been trampled on by far too many RINO’s to be fooled again.)?
  • And if the answer to the directly above is “No”, then why is “no” appropriate (what YOU think and no tip-toeing out with “but this is not a legislative or governor position”)?

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  • News Flash

    I’m sold already on the technology. What I am interested in from Andrew and Jennifer is the following:


    1 $$$$$

    2 $$$$$

    3 $$$$$

    4 $$$$$

    5 $$$$$

    6 $$$$$

    Making myself clear?

    • granitegrok

      Estimates or actuals? Remember, Horn piled up a quarter mil in campaign debt (including loans to herself). Not sure that it has been paid off yet. Regardless, if you can’t pull in the dough for a credible run for yourself, is that a good sign that you can pull it in for others?

  • News Flash

    The money is something the Chairmen should be accountable. Achieve the desired results and get the accolades. Do not and get the heave ho. The Chairmanship is not supposed to be a reward for being a good boy or a good girl. This should be a short fuse this time around. Unless of course Republicans want to fail again.

  • News Flash

    Accountability, you know a basic part of capitalism. Deliver and get the rewards. That is why it should be a well paid job. Until it is any chairmen will fail to deliver.

  • News Flash

    Since the Technology function has reported to me on numerous occasions my observations are:

    1) Good people in the field are expensive.

    2) Not so good people are more expensive in the long run.

  • C. dog e. doG

    Skip –
    First, thanks for doing this. Second, as pointed out, tech is fine as far as it goes. But, if the liberty base is to be revived – rather than ridiculed and sidelined by the institutional old-guard republicans and/or RINO’s – serious, substantive measures must be implemented, starting and ending with candidates committed to making this happen. Perhaps a written litmus test is in order. I look forward to responses on the other questions.
    – C. dog

  • Van

    I like the discussion on Technology. During the National Elections at my town of Bow’s polling place I saw Poll Checkers supplied by democrats in every slot. There were 3 people with laptops from the Obama campaign getting the information from the poll checkers. There were tabulating the data. There was only one person from the GOP and that person was overwhelmed so much that they didn’t amount to anything.The democrats looked like professionals. What is our plan to get professionals involved in targeting our voters and getting them out to vote.

    500 people registered to vote in Bow on election day a 10% increase. I understand that it was like this across the state. How do we make sure that these people are actual residents of the place where they are voting?

    Democrats have people carrying cameras trying to catch a Republican candidate say something like Romneys’ 47% comment. Why aren’t Republicans doing this to democrats of every level?

    Democrats and liberals in the press brand Republicans guilty by association like saying all Republicans have a war on women because some stupid candidate makes a off the cuff comment about rape. Why don’t Republicans brand democrats guilty by association when democrats say something stupid?

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