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By KIMBERLY MORIN
As someone who has been following national politics for quite a few years now, I fully expected local elections to be much more honest. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case for many in the Granite State.
From websites to mailers to radio and television appearances and of course “stump speeches”, candidates talk about a vision they have of themselves but how many are really telling the whole story? How many actually speak truth about their actions?
Incumbent Senators like David Boutin (D 16) write glorious accolades about himself in mailers like the time he voted against Obamacare Exchanges yet he neglects to tell voters about his egregious vote for Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion. His mailer leads one to believe that he is with voters by being against Obamacare but he actually voted for it.
Senators like Boutin and Nancy Stiles (D 24), who also voted for Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion and the gas tax, continue to vote for bad bills one would only expect Democrats to vote for yet you wouldn’t know that from their websites, mailers or stump speeches.
Democrats are an entire breed unto themselves. While the majority ran on creating jobs and making the economy better, you wouldn’t believe the job killing bills they voted for last session in New Hampshire. Trust me there are too many to count. They are the least trustworthy of the political crowd. And yes they can all be thrown into one big lump of ludicrosity because they simply vote how they are told by party leaders.
There’s an old joke that is still valid today.
Q: How do you know when a politician is lying?
A: Their lips are moving.
There actually are some candidates and legislators who actually walk the walk and don’t just talk the talk. They are the candidates who proudly show their voting record to voters.
They will explain every single vote they took and why they voted the way they did. If a candidate doesn’t have a voting record, look at their record in their personal lives. Do they actually know how to create jobs? Have they worked in the private or public sector? Do they at least appear sincere?
First and foremost, talk to every single candidate running in your district. If they are not accessible to you or won’t answer your questions honestly, you know not to vote for them. Often talking with a candidate in person tells you all you need to know. Gut instinct is often a good judge of character and yes first impressions mean something.
I’m still in awe over the outrageous behavior of some candidates not being honest with voters. I guess I thought local politics would be “more on the level” than national. Boy was I wrong because what you see isn’t always what you get and it’s up to you, the voter, to be sure you don’t make a mistake at the ballot box.
(Kimberly Morin is the Manchester Political Buzz Examiner as well as the Political Buzz Anchor on Girard at Large. She is a self-described lifelong independent, policy researcher and conservative commentator who says that she doesn’t “shy away from asking tough questions and revealing the truth.”)