CONCORD — State Republican Party chair Jennifer Horn has personally reached out to 2nd District U.S. House candidates Gary Lambert and Marilinda Garcia to ask them to remain positive in the final week of the primary campaign.
The New Hampshire Journal has learned that the party office in recent days receive numerous complaints about the tone of the primary, particularly Lambert’s new television ad that says she stands with President Barack Obama in favor of amnesty.
Garcia had called the allegations lies.
Former House speaker Bill O’Brien, a Garcia supporter, on Sunday called on Lambert to pull the ad, which he called “slightly misogynistic” and exploitative of Garcia’s Hispanic background. He also called on Lambert to apologize to Garcia.
Lambert, through his campaign manager, refused both demands, saying the ad was factual.
Today, Horn wrote a message on her Facebook page that primaries should be focused on issues and be conducted in a positive way.
She followed up the Facebook post with emails specifically to Lambert and Garcia calling on them to remain positive, GOP sources said. She did not single out either candidate for criticism or take sides.She will probably further follow up with telephone calls and speak to them directly if she sees them at events. She did not ask Lambert to pull the controversial ad.
While Lambert’s ads have focused on Garcia and immigration, Garcia’s lone ad so far focuses on the economy, and President Barack Obama, and with a quick image of Rep. Ann Kuster, a reference to “Washington politicians.”
However, an ad by the Club for Growth, which Garcia has no control over, calls Lambert “laughably liberal.”
Lambert last Friday – the day the anti-Garcia ad began airing — loaned his campaign $50,000, Federal Election Commission reports show. He had loaned his campaign a separate $50,000 sum on Aug. 19.
Horn’s full post on her Facebook page follows:
“As we head into this final week of campaigning before the primary I am especially impressed with the hard work, dedication and sincere intentions of hundreds of Republican activists who have sacrificed so much of their time and effort to support their favorite candidates.
“I hope that our candidates will remember that when someone makes calls for you, knocks on doors, promises you their vote, they do so because they trust you. They are putting their faith in you.
“While I understand that this final week brings increased tensions, I hope that you will all remember to conduct yourself in a manner that is worthy of the faith that so many have placed in you.
“Primaries focused on issues and the failings of Democrats strengthen our party and our candidates. The party is ready to help our winners across the finish line, but remember that you will need the full support of all of our activists to win in November.
“I wish you all the very best in these final days of the primary and thank you for all you have done to highlight Republican solutions and promote strong Republican principles.”