Free Stater Roommates Running on Both D & R Ticket in NH House Race;
FSP Leader Promises More of It As Free Staters “Move Here and Take Over the Republican and Democrat Parties” (See below for other FSP candidates)
In case you missed it, Garry Rayno’s State House Dome column in the Union Leader reported that Free State Project roommates Tim O’Flaherty and Dan Garthwaite are running as Democrat and Republican, respectively, in the Manchester Ward 5 State Rep race:
“FREE STATE PROJECT: You have to give credit to the folks in the Free State Project. They have members on both sides of the ticket in at least one House race. In Hillsborough 12, which represents Ward 5 in Manchester, Tim O’Flaherty is on the Democratic side of the ticket and Daniel Garthwaite is on the Republican side. Garthwaite heads research for the board of directors of the NH Liberty Alliance. He and O’Flaherty live at the same Central Street address in Manchester. On O’Flaherty’s Facebook page, he lists the Free State Project as one of his activities, and he has the website Stateless Governance.
O’Flaherty won the Democratic primary in a recount after initial results showed he had tied former Rep. Richard Komi. O’Flaherty and Rep. Ted Rokas are the two Democrats in the race, while Garthwaite is the only Republican, so either Garthwaite or O’Flaherty will win a seat unless there is a write-in campaign.” [Union Leader, Garry Rayno’s State House Dome, 10/28/12]
Prominent Free State member Ian Bernhoft posted the column on a free stater blog and wrote: “Look for more of this in the future as more activists move here and take over the Republican and Democrat parties.” [Free Keene, 10/28/12] Democratic candidate Richard Komi is currently running a write-in campaign to win back the seat.
Granite State Progress released the following statement and information about Free Stater candidates in races across the state, including a look at the extreme views of Manchester candidate Tim O’Flaherty:
“Granite State Progress is very concerned about the extreme ideas pushed by the Free State Project,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, Executive Director of Granite State Progress. “Tim O’Flaherty the Free Stater is a perfect example as he doesn’t believe in Medicare, Social Security, the Armed Services, or public roads. He doesn’t even think they should exist. O’Flaherty believes that local city police departments and fire stations should be abolished, and in response to a question about state support for public education, O’Flaherty said that he’s an anarchist and doesn’t believe there should be a state. This is the guy running for state representative in Manchester Ward 5.”1
Granite State Progress has launched www.OFlahertytheFreeStater.com to educate the public about O’Flaherty’s background and extreme views. Granite State Progress anticipates that if the balance of power in the NH State House comes down to a few votes, O’Flaherty will switch his party registration and that, in general, he would be one of the most extreme members of the State House.
Free Staters are running in other districts as well; including Calvin Pratt in Goffstown (Hil 6); Keith Murphy in Bedford (Hil 7); Joel Winters and Emily Sandblade in Manchester Ward 11 (Hil 18); Michael Garcia in Nashua Ward 7 (Hil 34); Mark Warden in Goffstown, Deering and Weare (Hil 39); Jenn Coffey in Andover, Dansbury, Sudsbury (Mer 1); Dan McGuire in Epsom and Pittsfield (Mer 21); Carol McGuire in Allenstown, Epsom and Pittsfield (Mer 29); Laura Jones in Rochester (Str 24).
More: Tim O’Flaherty the Free Stater Prime Example of Extreme Free State Project
O’Flaherty is a member of the ultra-extreme Free State Project whose stated purpose is to move to NH, run for political office and take over state government.
- “Once we’ve taken over the state government, we can slash state and local budgets, which make up a sizeable proportion of the tax and regulatory burden we face every day. Furthermore, we can eliminate substantial federal interference by refusing to take highway funds and the strings attached to them. Once we’ve accomplished these things, we can bargain with the national government over reducing the role of the national government in our state. We can use the threat of secession as leverage to do this.” [Announcement: The Free State Project By Founder Jason Sorens]
O’Flaherty is neither a Democrat nor does he support broader New Hampshire values.
- O’Flaherty’s record shows that he will not support New Hampshire values. His website “Stateless Government” advocates: “The progressive replacement of states by a dynamic network of private agencies which back different legal systems and also provide all sorts of security, crime prevention, and defense services constitutes the most important item on the political and scientific agenda, as well as the most momentous social change to take place in the 21st century.” [Stateless Government, http://statelessgovernance.blogspot.com/2009/08/stateless-dreams.html]
- 1Tim O’Flaherty the Free Stater not only doesn’t support Medicare, Social Security, the Armed Services, or public roads – he doesn’t even think they should exist. O’Flaherty believes that local city police departments and fire stations should be abolished, and in response to a question about state support for public education, O’Flaherty said: “i’m an anarchist, i don’t believe there should be a State.” [Stateless Government, http://statelessgovernance.blogspot.com]
- O’Flaherty’s Facebook pagegives indication of how he would behave; he favors the following pages:
- “The State is Your Enemy”
- “Undercover Porcupine” (Free Stater term for FSP movers)
- “Derrick J’s Victimless Crime Spree” (Keene FSP anarchy)
- “Mark Warden Porcupine Real Estate”
- “Doris Hohensee for NH State Representative” (a NHLA endorsed candidate)
- “New Hampshire for Gary Johnson 2012“
Granite State Progress is a progressive advocacy organization that addresses issues of immediate state and local concern. Granite State Progress works as a communications hub for the progressive community to provide a strong, credible voice in advancing progressive solutions to critical community problems. Online at www.GraniteStateProgress.org.