I wondered what Jennifer Horn would do as I wrote this; now we know – the non-silent silent answer. She did not “Choose Well”. The Press Release, which went out this morning, is after the jump. This is my Letter just sent:
Dear Jennifer (NH GOP Chair),
Right you are concerning the proposed gas – this should never have made it out of committee with a single Republican vote.
And that’s the problem – it got every single one of them. All of the Republicans on the committee, every one, voted for it; not a single Nay vote amongst them. In other words, they have turned your words below into hollow ones with their votes – that presser is of no importance at all as every single elected Republican just cut you off at the knees. Wait until NH Democrat Chair Buckley sends out his PR about “But Jennifer, all of YOUR Republicans sided with the Democrat Leadership and Maggie Hassan – doesn’t that put you on the wrong side of the issue?”. I see no comeback – your Party members have done just that from a perception standpoint – and voters will see that.
Your press release does make you look rather blinkered for ignoring the very Republicans that put you into such a position – a very foolish one. Castigating the Democrats while ignoring the bad behavior of your own Republicans – including the Minority House Leader? Not good at all and badly played.
Unfortunately, this PR blurb does not “thread the needle” that was necessary – you’ve now given more Republicans cover by not mentioning these chuckleheads at all. You have now given out the message “S’all right, vote for more expensive and bigger government - I’ll just ignore your part in it“. Again, how is this perception going to help in recruiting more voters to the Republican Party?
Yes, Jennifer, my answer would have been:
“I am saddened that any Republican voted to enlarge Government, to go along to get along, and not fight the good fight to find savings elsewhere and restructure Government priorities within the current budget to deal with these important matters. It would have been better for issues and needs of lower importance to receive less monies so as to take care of these higher ones; after all, it is what we all do around the family kitchen table every single day. Raising such a tax that affects so many citizens in a time of already high gas price only places a burden on them; Republicans should know and do better and I ask them to review the Platform so as to re-familiarize themselves what our word stands. After all, if we cannot stand by our own words, what do we stand for?“
Until we out here start to see Republicans maintaining self-discipline, honoring the ideals enumerated in the Platform, and moving from merely mouthing the words to an attitude and outlook of actually applying them in each and every situation, it seems that we will continue to earn this monniker each and every day: The Stupid Party. And you will continue to lose the grassroots energies and efforts that are so badly needed.
Kindest regards (and saddened ones as well),
(note: I have made some spelling / grammatical changes above – and probably needs more). Her presser:
NHGOP RESPONSE TO HASSAN’S UNWILLINGESS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT GAS TAX HIKE
Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today on Governor Maggie Hassan’s unwillingness to answer questions about a proposed gas tax hike. During an editorial board meeting with Seacoast Media Group today (2/27/13) Governor Hassan “did not technically answer the question about whether she would veto a gas tax hike proposal.”
“It is time for Governor Hassan to stop dodging questions about the disastrous and dishonest gas tax hike that is being proposed by her House Democrat leadership.
“House Democrats have clearly misled Granite Staters about the actual motives behind their proposed gas tax hike. They have dishonestly claimed that all funds generated from the tax would be used for infrastructure repairs. But secret emails discovered this week show that the Democrats believe that their gas tax hike is ‘a gift that keeps on giving’ that should not be “spent all in one place.” The Democrats view their tax hike as tool that can be used to scam New Hampshire motorists into funding their plans to grow government.
“A devastating gas tax hike during a recession is bad policy, and the Democrat House Leadership’s leaked emails proves that Democrats are not being honest about the real goals of their tax increase. It is time for Governor Hassan to stop refusing to answer questions about this deceptive ploy, start providing leadership on this issue, and pledge to veto this bad legislation.”