Governor Hassan Releases New Ad “Problem Solver”

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Hassan Campaign Launches First TV Ad Highlighting Governor Hassan’s Work to Solve Long-Standing Challenges and Get Results for New Hampshire’s People, Businesses and Economy

MANCHESTER—Today, Governor Maggie Hassan’s re-election campaign released its first television ad, “Problem Solver,” highlighting Governor Hassan’s work to solve problems the New Hampshire way – bringing people together across party lines to address long-standing challenges and get things done for New Hampshire’s people, businesses, and economy.

The 30-second ad began airing on New Hampshire television stations today.

“Over the past year and a half, Governor Hassan has helped put New Hampshire back on the right track by restoring the traditions of hard work, collaboration and common sense problem solving in Concord,” said campaign manager Marc Goldberg. “In contrast to the dysfunction and gridlock in Washington, D.C., Governor Hassan has a proven record of working with Republicans, Democrats and Independents to find common ground and get things done to expand middle class opportunity, help innovative businesses create jobs and keep our economy moving in the right direction, without an income or sales tax.”

Since taking office, Governor Maggie Hassan worked across party lines to balance the budget, froze in-state tuition at our colleges and universities, brokered agreements to end expensive lawsuits that threatened our state’s finances and bond rating, reached a bipartisan compromise to expand health care to 50,000 working people, and worked with both parties and the business community to develop a plan to fix our roads and bridges, including finishing the completion of I-93.

The Governor will continue working with both parties to encourage high-tech startups, strengthen our workforce, and continue to invest in priorities like education and health care.

“For me, reaching out across party lines to get results is just common sense, and that keeps New Hampshire working for all of us,” says Governor Hassan in the new ad.

To watch the ad, please click HERE.

Guinta Attempts To Blame Shea-Porter For GOP Obstructionism In Washington

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Frank Guinta’s Failed Attempt To Blame Shea-Porter for Tea Party Chaos

Guinta Snipes At Shea-Porter As Tea Party Wreaks Havoc In DC

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MANCHESTER, NH — On Thursday afternoon, former Congressman Frank Guinta sent an email to supporters with subject line “They’re Leaving?” slamming Carol Shea-Porter for “packing her bags for a five week summer vacation.” The only problem (besides the fact that Speaker Boehner, not Shea-Porter, sets the schedule)? Guinta’s email was sent hours after it was announced that members of Congress would remain in Washington indefinitely after a Tea Party insurrection engineered by “Acting Speaker of the House” and Guinta mentor Ted Cruz killed a bill to address the border crisis.

“The Congresswoman had planned to tour a factory this afternoon and discuss jobs and the economy with New Hampshire workers,” said Shea-Porter campaign spokeswoman Marjorie Connolly. “Unfortunately, due to the lack of leadership from Frank Guinta’s extremist Tea Party allies, she will have to reschedule.  It is disappointing, but not surprising, that former Congressman Guinta refuses to acknowledge the dysfunction that his own party is causing in Washington.”

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The vote on the border bill was cancelled in a last-minute shock. The failures comes after more than a year of House Republicans refusing to hold a vote on the bipartisan immigration reform bill passed by the Senate with votes from New Hampshire Senators Shaheen and Ayotte. There is wide agreement that if House Republican Speaker Boehner allowed a vote on the Senate bill, it would pass with bipartisan support, but he refuses due to the 2010 Tea Partiers who have hijacked his Republican caucus.

NH’s Largest Public Labor Union Endorses Dan Feltes for State Senate

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SEIU 1984 LogoConcord – The SEA/ SEIU Local 1984 Executive Board endorsed Dan Feltes (Democrat/Concord) for the New Hampshire State Senate.  Feltes is running for the District 15 seat that has been held by long-time Senator Sylvia Larsen who announced her retirement earlier this year.

Late last month, Feltes met with the union’s Political Education Committee where he clearly described his reason for running and his vision for a state legislature that is responsive to the needs of the hard working men and women in his district.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members were impressed by Feltes’ commitment to moving all working families forward in New Hampshire.  “Dan’s passion and selfless dedication to helping others is demonstrated by his work with New Hampshire Legal Assistance,” said Ken Roos 1st Vice President of the labor union and chair of the Political Education committee.   “We appreciate his work ethic and we are confident he will bring progressive ideas to ongoing challenges facing so many families across the state.”

The labor organization’s leaders also believe Feltes is postured to be a positive contributing member of the NH Senate because of his work to help bring the reality of affordable housing to workers who are struggling to make their paychecks stretch from month to month.  Diana Lacey, President said “Dan Feltes is prepared to lead beginning day one in the senate and will work each and every day to make a real difference for New Hampshire.”  Lacey also cited Feltes’ history of working well with members of both political parties to get things done.

His support for early education, expanding opportunities for working families to do more than just keep their head above water, and his commitment to face every challenge with the energy and intensity to actually fix problems rather than kick the can down the road, make Dan Feltes the right candidate in both the primary and general election.  “Through our lengthy conversation with Feltes,” said Roos, “it was crystal clear to us that he sees there is much more work to do and we believe Dan Feltes is the best candidate to represent the voters in Concord, Hopkinton, Henniker and Warner.

With the need to find solutions to state infrastructure deficiencies, the next election will present voters with critical decisions to either move forward or continue pushing off problems until they become more expensive and unfixable.  With today’s endorsement of Dan Feltes, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 is saying fix the problems today.

About The State Employees’ Association/ SEIU Local 1984

The State Employees’ Association of New Hampshire represents about 11,500 public and private-sector employees across the Granite State.  First formed in 1940 as a social organization, the SEA won passage of New Hampshire’s Public Employee Labor Relations Law in 1975.  Since then, the union has negotiated hundreds of contracts with state, county, municipal and private-sector employers.  The SEA affiliated with the Service Employees’ International Union in 1984.  With 2.1 million members, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas.

Jeanne Shaheen Is Making A Difference For New Hampshire Women

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“Women deserve the right to make decisions about their health care.  These decisions should not be made by an employer, they shouldn’t be made by the government – they should be made by women.”
– Senator Jeanne Shaheen

For more than two decades, Jeanne Shaheen has worked to make a difference for women in New Hampshire.  She stands up for what she believes in, like equal pay for equal work and a woman’s right to make health care decisions independent of her employer or the government.

Jeanne is the first and only woman in the country elected to serve as both a Governor and U.S. Senator.

As our Governor, Jeanne Shaheen signed bipartisan legislation to protect women’s access to basic preventive health care.  In the Senate, Shaheen won bipartisan passage of the “Shaheen Amendment” to provide health care coverage for abortion to women in the military who are victims of rape, cosponsored and was a leader in reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, and fought to protect funding for Planned Parenthood including access to birth control and cancer screenings.

ADVOCATING FOR WORKING WOMEN AND FAMILIES

Jeanne co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a historic step toward workplace equality for women and signed pay equity legislation into law as Governor.  She has championed the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work.  Existing pay inequities mean a woman and her family can lose more than $400,000 over the course of her career.  That is money that doesn’t go toward her owning a home, helping her children afford a college education, or providing economic security for her retirement.

Continuing on her work as Governor, Jeanne Shaheen is fighting to make childcare more affordable for working mothers.  In 1998, she established the Governor’s Business Commission on Child Care and Early Education.  In the Senate, she introduced the Helping Working Families Afford Child Care Act to increase the amount of eligible child care expenses used to calculate the tax credit that helps make child care more affordable.

Jeanne Shaheen understands the economic challenges New Hampshire families face as they struggle with the rising cost of childcare.  It can cost a New Hampshire family more than $11,000 per year for infant and toddler care.

PROTECTING WOMEN’S ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE

For more than two decades, Jeanne Shaheen has been fighting to expand affordable access to health services for New Hampshire women.  As New Hampshire’s Governor, she signed into law bipartisan legislation requiring insurance coverage for contraceptive services.  In the Senate, she has been an outspoken advocate for women’s reproductive rights and expanded access to basic contraception and family planning care with no out of pocket costs to 253,000 women in New Hampshire.

When the Executive Council waged a war on women’s access to health care, Jeanne Shaheen fought back. She urged the federal Health and Human Services Department to provide a direct federal contract with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to restore these critical health services.

Jeanne Shaheen makes a difference for the more than 17,000 women in New Hampshire who count on Planned Parenthood for affordable access to basic health services like breast exams, birth control, and cancer screenings.

Jeanne Shaheen’s leadership gained passage of history-making legislation, known as the Shaheen Amendment. It ended more than 30 years of unequal treatment of women in the military and provides health insurance coverage for abortion for women serving in the military who are victims of rape or incest.

SUPPORTING WOMEN SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

As a former owner and manager of small business, a governor, and a mother, Jeanne Shaheen knows the challenges New Hampshire’s small business owners face in balancing their budgets and meeting payroll.  This is why she is working hard to support women who own and operate New Hampshire small businesses.

Small business make up for more than 96% of all New Hampshire employers, and more than 25% of them are owned by women.  As member of the Senate Small Business Committee, Jeanne Shaheen authored bipartisan legislation so women owned small businesses would have a fair shot at federal contracts.  And she worked with the Small Business Administration to open the Center for Women’s Business Advancement at Southern New Hampshire University to help women in business.

A SENATOR NEW HAMPSHIRE WOMEN CAN COUNT ON

In Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire women have a Senator they can trust to fight for equal pay, champion the Violence Against Women Act, and protect their access to critical health services like preventive care and mammograms.  Her commonsense leadership makes a difference for Granite State women.

WMUR/UNH Poll Shows Shaheen’s Net Favorability And Lead Have Doubled

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Shaheen Lead Grows To 12, Favorability Go +28

Public Poll Shows Brown Losing Ground, Still Deeply Unpopular, and His Campaign Struggling 

Manchester — The latest WMUR/University of New Hampshire poll shows Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s lead has doubled from six to 12 points over Scott Brown and her favorability is up to 57%, while millions in ad spending on his behalf have left Brown in a weaker position than when he started the race. Brown’s unfavorability is at 40%, 9 points higher than his favorability.

Jeanne Shaheen’s strong favorable rating in tonight’s WMUR/UNH poll is proof that Granite Staters trust Jeanne Shaheen and know that she puts New Hampshire first and works hard to make a difference for people here.  Senator Shaheen is popular with voters, 57% of whom have a favorable opinion of the job she is doing, and her net favorable rating is a strong 28 points. She leads all of her potential Republican challengers – each of whom is deeply unpopular with New Hampshire voters – by double digits, and receives at least 50% support in every match-up.

“This poll shows what Granite Staters know: Jeanne Shaheen puts New Hampshire first and her common sense leadership makes a difference for people here. She’s got deep roots in New Hampshire, raised her family here and her record proves she shares our values,” said campaign manager Mike Vlacich.

Big Oil and Republican special interests have outspent Democratic groups to attack Jeanne Shaheen, and Scott Brown has spent big on his own positive advertising.  But Scott Brown is losing by a larger margin and is less popular now than he was when he got in the race. The poll also shows Bob Smith right at Brown’s heels. Since the last WMUR/UNH poll Republican groups have spent nearly a million dollars on dishonest and negative attacks against New Hampshire’s Senator, Jeanne Shaheen.

“The Big Oil Koch Brothers are desperate to get Scott Brown back into the Senate to protect their interests, not New Hampshire’s,” continued Vlacich.  “But what they are finding out is that New Hampshire is not for sale.  We are committed to running the type of grassroots people-powered campaign that New Hampshire deserves, and correcting every one of Big Oil’s dishonest attacks.”

Cheshire Country Democrats Talk About Why They Are Running For Office

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The Cheshire County Democrats are proud to release their slate of candidates for the upcoming fall election.

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Cheshire County Courthouse (Wiki Common)

According to Carl DeMatteo Chairman of the Cheshire County Democratic Committee “At this time it is critically important that we all support and vote for the Democratic ticket to be sure we continue to make the kind of progress made in the last Two years in Concord. There is much unfinished work to do to ensure equality of opportunity for all citizens of New Hampshire.  Every vote matters! We cannot afford to return to the policies of obstructionism and the anti labor sentiments that are prevalent in the opposition party.  Even though we enjoy a strong voter registration presence here in Cheshire County, we are not taking anything for granted. We are encouraging our candidates to pound the pavement and talk to voters about our values and our vision for moving the state forward.”

County Commissioner District 2 Candidate Terry Clark of Keene, states his reason for running for County Commissioner is “To increase the level of resource sharing among local governments. State and Federal funding to local and county government is trending down and we must make the most of every tax dollar we raise. After all, it’s the same taxpayer paying for city, school and county government expenses. I also want to make sure that any changes in nursing home care do not take away the safety net county government has been providing all these years, and that property in Keene is not taken off the tax rolls to house a new nursing home.”

Anna Tilton, Cheshire County Registrar of Deeds who is running for re-election, “It is critical that the land transaction record of Cheshire County be accurate and safely maintained for future generations. I am committed to always improving our on-line services, serving the public and protecting the public record.”

“I am running for re-election as Cheshire County Register of Deeds to continue with updating our technology to secure our paper and digital records and to better serve those who use our services now and in the future.”

Eli Rivera Sherriff of Cheshire County who is running for re-election “During my first term in office, as Cheshire County Sheriff, I’ve been able to increase revenue by reviewing current practices and making the proper adjustments to reflect a true cost for services.  Our community involvement has increased and we’ve become active participants with local organizations throughout the county. It is important that our momentum continues and we stay focus on moving into the 21st century.”

State Senator Molly Kelly of District 10 is who is running for re-election “Through the tremendous efforts of the people of New Hampshire, our beautiful state has begun to make its way to recovery. The economy is growing and unemployment is at its lowest levels since 2008.   We have made progress with restoring funding to our University System and our Community College, providing health insurance for 50,000 hard-working people, and working together to solve difficult problems.

We have made great strides, but the recovery remains fragile. Now is the time for proven and experienced leadership to secure continued growth. Over the past eight years, I have worked with our political and community leaders to be that force for greater opportunities for our citizens, and more importantly a voice for the needs of the people of Southwest, NH. There is still work to be done and I would be honored to serve once again as your NH State Senator.”

State Senate:

District 10

Molly Kelly Keene

State Representative

District 1

Michael D. Abbott Hinsdale

Tara Sad Walpole

Lucy McVitty Weber Walpole

Paul Berch Westmoreland

District 2

John E. Mann Alstead

District 3

Daniel Adams Eaton Stoddard

District 4

James Cleaveland Keene

William Pearson Keene

District 5

John Bordenet Keene

District 6

Timothy N. Robertson Keene

District 7

Gladys Johnsen Keene

District 8

Cynthia L. Chase Keene

District 9

Richard Ames Jaffrey

Douglas Ley Jaffrey

District 10

Marge Shepardson Marlborough

District 11

Luke Sacher Fitzwilliam

District 12

F. Barrett Faulkner Swanzey

Ben Tilton Swanzey

District 13

Henry A.L. Parkhurst Winchester

District 14

Patricia Martin Rindge

District 15

Bruce L. Tatro Swanzey

District 16

Larry Phillips

Kris E. Roberts Keene

Conan Salada Keene

COUNTY OFFICES:

Sheriff

Eli Rivera Keene

County Attorney

D. Chris McLaughlin Westmoreland

County Treasurer

Roger T. Zerba Keene

Register of Deeds

Anna Z. Tilton Keene

County Commissioner District 1

John M. Pratt Walpole

County Commissioner District 2

Charles Weed Keene

Christopher C. Coates Keene

Philip Dale Pregent Keene

Terry M. Clark Keene

 

 

 

 

Havenstein Gets Approved To Appear On The Ballot, But Questions Still Remain

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walt havensteinWell it is official, another carpetbagger is running for office in here New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein went to the Ballot Law Commission to get an official ruling on whether or not he can run for Governor of NH.

The entire controversy revolves around the fact that Havenstein lived in Maryland for at least seven months a year, owned a condo in Maryland, took tax breaks for Maryland property owners, and maintained a Maryland drivers license. Democrats argued that due to these findings, Havenstein does not meet the seven year residency requirement needed to run for governor.

The state’s Ballot Law Commission ruled 3-2 that Walt Havenstein … met the requirement that candidates live in the state for seven years before running, a spokeswoman for the New Hampshire Secretary of State said.”

Even during the hearing Havenstien’s lawyer “argued that Havenstein was entitled to the [tax] break under Maryland law.”

“The fact remains that Havenstein is either ineligible to run in New Hampshire or was misleading Maryland on his taxes,” New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley said this month.

The real question that remains is why hasn’t the State of Maryland filed charges for tax fraud against Havenstein?

If we Have-not-ensteins were to steal from the state we would be prosecuted and sent directly to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

I guess if you are rich enough to fund your own Gubernatorial campaign, but  committed a little tax fraud, you too can be promoted by the Republican Party as their new shining star.

It just goes to show you that when you are rich, laws just do not apply to you.

This is who the NH GOP are pushing for New Hampshire’s next Governor, how sad is that!

 

Bernie Sanders: Progressives are the Majority (InZane Times)

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“The views that most of us hold are not minority views”

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It was a sunny Saturday afternoon in Warner, New Hampshire, and Bernie Sanders didn’t need much time to warm up the sympathetic crowd outside Bookends.

“I think that old fashioned politics, I think the politics of big money dominating what goes on in Washington, the old status quo is not good enough,” began the Vermont Senator.  “In my view, and I say this very seriously, we need a political revolution in this country.”  The audience of perhaps one hundred people applauded enthusiastically.

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Senator Sanders would sign copies of his book, The Speech, afterwards, but this is no more a standard book tour than are the recent appearances of Hillary Clinton.  Bernie, as he is commonly known, is considering a run for President, and this was his second campaign-style trip to the state that hold the nation’s first primary election.

Sanders’ speech, like one he delivered at the NH Institute of Politics a couple months ago, ran through a menu of issues he referred to as the “progressive agenda.”  The growth of economic inequality and its pernicious effects, the threat of global warning, the need to end wasteful military spending, the need for universal health care, and the importance of free, public education each received a couple paragraphs of stump speech, as did the importance of political reforms to take the government back from the 1 percent and the corporations they own.

“Last year alone the Koch brothers saw a $12 billion increase in their wealth struggling under the despotic Obama administration,” he said with more than a touch of sarcasm.  Going on about the Kochs, he said, “When you have an extreme

ideology and you are prepared to spend as much as it takes you can buy the political system. And that is what this disastrous Supreme Court decision in Citizens United has enabled them to do.”

“Here’s what I think,” Sanders continued in his characteristic conversational style.  “Number One we have to overturn Citizens United,” the Supreme Court decision that

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solidified Court precedents behind the notions of corporate personhood and protection for corporate rights to spend money to influence elections.

“Second issue, equally important, we need to move toward public funding of American elections,” Sanders said.

A week before the NH Rebellion’s next gathering, in which hundreds of local residents are expected to walk from Hampton Beach to New Castle to protest the corrupting influence of big money on our political system, Sanders’ comments were affirmed by the audience.

“We are part of the vast majority.”

As a positive example, Sanders described how efforts to cut Medicare benefits and weaken or privatize Social Security have been rebuffed by organized citizens, despite the propaganda of the deficit hawks.  “The reason we have a deficit today is two huge wars were not paid for and tax breaks for the rich,” he said, again getting approval from the audience.

The job of progressives, according to Bernie Sanders, is to educate people about what is really going on in the economic and political systems.  And that means going outside of our comfort zones to talk to people with whom we don’t always agree.  The right-wing specializes in division, he said.  Progressive need to bring people together.

“One point I want to reiterate today — the views that most of us hold are not minority views,” Sanders said.  “They are not strange views. Our views are what the vast majority of the American people believe in. It is the Koch brothers and right-wing Republicans who have the fringe ideology.”

“Our job politically is to rally the American people around an agenda which speaks to the needs of the vast majority. And we are part of the vast majority.”

A veteran of who knows how many dozen town hall meetings in Vermont, Bernie Sanders is clearly comfortable with the type of give and take that can animate a New Hampshire Primary campaign.  Of course, he would have to join the Democratic Party in order to compete in that arena.   But he’s already been to Iowa once, and when he left Warner yesterday he was headed for a fundraising dinner for the Hillsborough County Democrats

 

In New TV Ad, NH Republican Tells How Jeanne Shaheen Saved Her Home

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Jeanne Shaheen took on the big banks to help 1,200 NH families solve mortgage issues

Concord, NH – The Shaheen campaign’s newest television ads tell the story of how Jeanne Shaheen helped a New Boston homeowner keep her home, one of more than one-thousand New Hampshire families Jeanne Shaheen has helped solve home mortgage issues.  The two new ads, one 60 seconds and another 30 seconds, are set to begin airing today. Both ads feature Ursula Gordon, a registered Republican and a homeowner in New Boston, New Hampshire, who was in danger of losing her home after her husband got sick.

“It means everything to be able to keep your home. There is nothing more sacred than your home,” Gordon says in the ad.  “I am a registered Republican but Jeanne Shaheen is the one that came through for me. I wouldn’t be in this house if it wasn’t for Jeanne Shaheen.  She is the one who got the job done.  She is the one who cared.”

In the Senate, Jeanne Shaheen took on the largest mortgage providers and called for meaningful reforms, including penalties on banks that fail to evaluate homeowners swiftly and a review process for improper denials.  Other safeguards that she championed, like providing borrowers with a single point of contact and prohibiting foreclosures while borrowers are being considered for a loan modification, were later included in the National Mortgage Settlement of 2012 as a way of protecting American homeowners from unnecessary foreclosures.

“Jeanne Shaheen took on the big banks to help people in New Hampshire refinance and keep their homes,” said Campaign Manager Mike Vlacich.  “As our Governor and now as our U.S. Senator, she has always put people first and worked to find commons sense solutions that make a difference for people.  Her leadership makes a difference for New Hampshire.”

Across the state, stories like Ursula’s and Jeanne Shaheen’s work to help her, have repeated more than 1,200 times.

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What Is Scott Brown Really Afraid Of? The Voters Of New Hampshire

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Over the past few weeks the national news media has been talking non-stop about how Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader, was ousted by an unknown primary contender. The main talking point of the post primary results is that Cantor “phoned it in.” He spent all of his time traveling the country rallying the GOP base for other candidates, and neglected to spend any time in his own home district. At one point Cantor was booed off the stage during a campaign speech.

How does this relate to New Hampshire politics?

There is an eerie similarity to Cantor and former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown’s campaign for the US Senate seat from New Hampshire.

Scott_P._BrownScott Brown has been driving his truck all across New Hampshire in an attempt to convince Granite Staters that he is one of us. Telling people that by spending time in New Hampshire as kid or weekends at his vacation home makes him a real Granite Stater.

True Granite Staters are just not buying it.

If Brown were a real Granite Stater, he would understand that we are less about grandstanding and photo ops, and more about substance. We want candidates who talk about their positions and are willing to stand up for their beliefs.

Brown is snubbing the people of New Hampshire by refusing to participate in local debates.   Brown skipped a debate in Bedford in April, and now he is “booked up” an unable or unwilling to participate in the Merrimack Business Association’s debate tomorrow.

David McCray, chairman of the Merrimack Business Association and a former Merrimack town councilor, was less than impressed at the way that the Brown campaign treated him and his initiation to debate.

“McCray is angry at the way his business group was treated by the Brown campaign. An invitation to the June 18 Merrimack event went out to the candidates by registered mail on April 23,” McCray told the Union Leader. “In early May, McCray learned that Brown would not be attending, not from Brown’s campaign but from a Union Leader reporter. Offer rescinded.

The irony is that McCray was a supporter of Scott Brown when he ran against Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts.

“We went to Stoneham on the day of the Massachusetts election when he ran against Elizabeth Warren and held Scott Brown signs, standing out in the cold for eight hours,” McCray told the Sentinel Enterprise. “He knew that. And yet he didn’t even have the common courtesy to respond to our invitation to a debate in 16 days. That bothered me.”

Even ultra-right wing conservative blogger, Granite Grok, had some choice words about Brown skipping the debate.

“So, Scott Brown, you used a media outlet as a cover to screw over a forum in which you’d be a sitting duck in being directly compared to your competition. Sure, you’ve accepted the big TV event debate – but that’s not how campaigning works here in NH.”

This is not the first time that Brown has ducked constituent questions.

Twice in the last week Brown was confronted by real Granite Staters who asked him straight out if he supported raising the minimum wage.”

Brown’s response:

“I’ve supported a minimum wage increase before. It’s something that I think needs to be periodically reviewed, but it’s really important to make sure that everyone’s at the table, especially people who are hiring and growing,” Brown told the Concord Monitor.

Avoiding actually answering questions from real Granite Staters is quickly becoming a trend for Scott Brown.

What is Brown afraid of? Is he afraid to tell the people where he stands because he thinks it will hurt him with the ultra-conservatives who tend to vote in the primary? Or is he afraid that it will hurt him in a general election, if he actually gets through the primary.

Granite Staters take pride in being informed about whom they are voting for, and Brown thinks he can get away with B.S. answers and newspaper quotes instead of participating in local politics.   It is bad enough that he did not work his way up through the ranks in New Hampshire like many of the other candidates.

The Union Leader asked McCray why he thinks Brown is ignoring the Merrimack debate and the voters of Merrimack?

“He’s playing it as if he has already won,” said McCray.

I am sure that is exactly what Eric Cantor thought too.