The Republican majority in Concord may be fighting to make New Hampshire the nation’s 23rd right-to-work state, but the unions have clinched the GOP nomination in a pivotal State House special election primary.
Kevin Janvrin, a member of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire union, captured the GOP nomination for the vacant District 14 House seat. The unions appear to have outmaneuvered the GOP in its own primary. A shadowy organization of dubious origin called the Taxpayer Foundation appears to have spent a good deal of money helping Janvrin win.
The result of the special election is being seen as yet another blow to embattled Republican Chairman Jack Kimball. Kimball and the NH GOP lost a recent special election in House Speaker Bill O’Brien’s backyard and recently reported having only $1,300 in the bank. Kimball has acknowledged a swirling coup attempt to oust him as Chairman.
Foster’s Daily Democrat has suggested former-Chairman John H. Sununu or former Cheshire County GOP Chair Juliana Bergeron should take over for Kimball.