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Foster's Daily Democrat: “GOP’s Senate hopefuls speak in Portsmouth”
10.18.09

“STEWARD officials said Saturday's event was held in state House Speaker Terie Norelli's hometown of Portsmouth

 as a warning shot to an upcoming work session of the House Ways and Means Committee…”

 

“GOP’s Senate hopefuls speak in Portsmouth”

By Geoff Cunningham Jr., Foster’s Daily Democrat

Sunday, October 18, 2009

 

“PORTSMOUTH — The four Republicans eyeing a U.S. Senate seat in the 2010 elections spoke before a packed room at the Redhook Brewery Saturday, with all conveying the message that out-of-control government spending is debilitating to the country.

 

“‘We are mortgaging our children's future,’ former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte said.

 

“The prospective candidates for the U.S. Senate seat that Sen. Judd Gregg is vacating spoke before about 150 people attending a ‘Stop the Spending Chowderfest,’ put on by the STEWARDS [sic] of Prosperity, a conservative organization based in Concord. …

 

“Portsmouth attorney Jim Lyons, a member of the group, led Saturday's event…

 

“‘Closing the gaps means tightening belts ... not creating more taxes,’ Lyons said.

 

“STEWARD officials said Saturday's event was held in state House Speaker Terie Norelli's hometown of Portsmouth as a warning shot to an upcoming work session of the House Ways and Means Committee, which Lyons referred to as a ‘tax and spending summit.’

 

“He said new taxes could destroy a New Hampshire advantage that [he] said makes the Granite State the ‘envy’ of other states in terms of its low taxes.

 

“Former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte of Nashua, Republican National Committeeman Sean Mahoney of Portsmouth, attorney Ovide Lamontagne of Manchester and businessman Jim Bender of Hollis all introduced themselves to the crowd. Nearly all the prospective candidates lamented the United States' $11.4 trillion national debt and the Obama administration's recent release of information that the country's budget deficit is $1.4 trillion — the biggest since World War II as a percentage of U.S. economic output.

 

“Ayotte said she was running for U.S. Senate to halt spending so the nation's young people don't have to handle the burden of huge debt, which she said will cripple the country's future. She criticized federal stimulus funding, which she said offered ‘bailouts’ to huge businesses that abused the system rather than helping small business.

 

“‘I say enough is enough. We should have never passed it in the first place,’ she said to cheers….

 

“Mahoney said he wants to head to Washington D.C. to restore an era of Republican beliefs that hearken back to Ronald Reagan….

 

“‘Government that governs less, governs best. The spending has got to stop, and it has to stop now,’ he said.

 

“Lamontagne echoed the need for less spending in government, but also made it clear he is in favor of 12-year term limits for members of the House of Representatives and Senate. He said Washington D.C. is awash with too many career politicians who diverge from the idea of representative government.

 

“‘If you're not disoriented by then, then something is wrong with you,’ he said as the crowd laughed.

 

“Bender said his experience in running a business has taught him politicians often understand little about what makes the country strong. He said the United States was thriving in the 1950s and 1960s because government was small and didn't engage in a level of taxing and spending that he described as being ‘toxic’ to commerce.

 

“‘The government does not create jobs,’ Bender said.

 

“He called for a return to the type of government exemplified by the county's founding fathers….

 

“STEWARD spokesman Jeff Grappone said Saturday was the first instance in which all four Republican candidates appeared together at a single event.”

 

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