Mark Connolly for Governor Campaign
CONCORD — Today, the Connolly for Governor campaign issued a questionnaire to the four candidates currently running for the Republican nomination for governor, asking for clarification on their policy positions relative to the Republican National Committee platform that has been adopted at the Convention in Cleveland.
“It’s hard to believe that, in 2016, national Republicans believe that their dangerously regressive platform is what Americans want for the future of their country,” said Connolly for Governor Campaign Manager Colin Pio. “That outlook is absolutely wrong for New Hampshire, and it’s fair for Granite State residents and voters to know whether the individuals vying to be our next Governor support the values of their national party.”
The text of the Connolly campaign’s questionnaire—along with the real facts on each issue—is below and available at markconnollynh.com/stopthegop.
1. Do you believe that marriage is “between a man and a woman”? If so would you make it a priority of your administration to repeal same-sex marriage in New Hampshire, in place since 2010?
NH FACT: In 2007, New Hampshire became the first state in the country to embrace same-sex civil unions. Polling indicates that 67 percent of general election voters in New Hampshire—and 49 percent of likely Republican primary voters—support expanding same-sex marriage to every state in the country.
2. Do you believe in defunding health care providers such as Planned Parenthood?
NH FACT: Planned Parenthood provides critical care to more than 12,000 Granite Staters who rely on affordable access to their services and has offered cancer screenings, STI treatments, and contraception in New Hampshire for more than fifty years. 66 percent of Granite Staters believe that the organization’s local clinics should receive funding as healthcare providers.
3. Do you endorse “conversion therapy” as a means of “curing” LGBT youth? Would you make it a priority of your administration to repeal New Hampshire’s prohibition on conversion therapy passed in 2016 with the support of six Republican State Senators?
NH FACT: “Conversion therapy” has been widely debunked by psychologists and has been criticized by the United Nations Committee Against Torture. Even Trump VP-runner up Chris Christie believes that “exposing children to these health risks without clear evidence of benefits outweigh these serious risks is not appropriate.”
4. Do you believe that pornography is a bigger “public health crisis” in New Hampshire than the opioid epidemic? Would you prioritize combatting the “pornography crisis” over continuing Governor Hassan’s leadership on opioids?
NH FACT: According to New Hampshire’s Chief Medical Examiner, as of July 8, 161 overdose deaths have been reported in the state in 2016, and 86 more are still pending assessments. The projected year-end total of overdose deaths in 2016 is now 494; in 2012, the total was 163.
5. Do you believe that coal is “an abundant, clean, affordable, reliable domestic energy source”? Do you agree that coal should be classified as a “clean” energy resource? What sources of energy do qualify as “dirty,” and should we cut back on using them?
NH FACT: Coal, according to National Geographic, is “the dirtiest of fossil fuels,” and produces 39 percent of global CO₂ emissions. It kills thousands a year in mines, many more with polluted air.” 72 percent of Republicans favor transitioning to clean energy, and 80 percent of them felt this was important “so that America will have cleaner, healthier air and less pollution.”
6. Do you support the construction of a physical wall across the entirety of the U.S.-Mexico border? How about along the 58-mile stretch of New Hampshire that borders between the U.S. and Canada? Would you prioritize funding a U.S.-Canadian border over increased funding for health care, education, and transportation?
NH FACT: Mexico is New Hampshire’s second-largest international customer, representing $450 million to the Granite State economy. New Hampshire’s trade with Canada, its largest international customer, is also significant; in 2014, New Hampshire exported $783 million worth of merchandise and services to Canada.
7. Would you support a “bathroom bill,” which prevents men and women from using the facilities that correspond with their gender?
NH FACT: There are no recorded cases of transgendered individuals threatening or harming anyone while using bathrooms corresponding to their gender; however, roughly 70 percent of transgendered respondents to a recent UCLA study reported having been harassed, denied access, or experiencing physical assault while trying to use the appropriate bathroom.
8. Do you agree that our current gun control laws are sufficient to protect the safety of the American people? Would you support the continuation of the federal Dickey Amendment, which stifles federal funding for research into gun violence?
NH FACT: A recently renewed legislative relic from 1996, the Dickey Amendment stripped funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to research gun violence; in 2011, congressional Republicans extended the ban on research to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Former Congressman Jay Dickey, who spearheaded the original legislation, now says he regrets implementing such restrictions in the first place.
Mark Connolly is a New Hampshire native and a former State Representative who has served over 30 years as a business and community leader. From 2002–2010, he served as New Hampshire’s top financial watchdog. Mark currently resides in New Castle.