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Foster's Sunday Citizen: Senate hopefuls explain positions

By Victoria Guay

Sunday, November 22, 2009

“FRANKLIN – Area Republicans, fiscal conservatives and others gathered at VFW Post 1698 to both eat and talk turkey with those running for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate.

“Approximately 160 people attended the ‘Let's Talk Turkey about Spending’ luncheon by Steward of Prosperity, a nonprofit, grassroots organization formed by self-described fiscal conservative Fred Tausch of Merrimack to hold politicians from both parties more accountable to taxpayers.

“The candidates — Kelly Ayotte, Jim Bender, Bill Binnie, and Ovide Lamontagne — were invited to speak about what the organization sees as ‘runaway spending in Washington.’
“[Franklin Mayor Ken] Merrifield, who is also active with the local Republican committee, said he was ‘thrilled’ that the City of Franklin welcomed the four senatorial candidates.

“‘This was a great showcase for some of the wonderful talent we have in the Republican Party,’ Merrifield said.

“Kerry Marsh, chairman of the New Hampshire Young Republicans, said she also pleased by the turnout and the candidates.

“‘The candidates did a great job in framing their message and introducing themselves to the crowd,’ Marsh said.

“Karen Gallagher of Sanbornton, said she was glad she came to the event.

“‘They (the candidates) were all excellent, they were all saying things that I we've all been thinking,’ Gallagher said. ‘Now we have to determine who will be the strongest candidate to beat the Democratic candidate.’”
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