Opinion: ‘Why I’m a Conservative Supporting Scott Brown’
(The New Hampshire Journal welcomes opinions from all sides on the candidates for office and on the issues as we strive to advance open, fair debate during this campaign season. The opinions published in our Forum are those of the authors only and not of the New Hampshire Journal.)
By JERRY THIBODEAU
We have an opportunity this fall to win back the United States Senate and take a big step toward repealing Obamacare once and for all. But to do that, we must nominate a candidate who can beat Senator Shaheen, and that’s why I am supporting Scott Brown.
Brown is committed to fighting for conservative causes in the United States Senate. He has already voted five times to repeal Obamacare, and will continue to be one of the country’s leading voices against the disaster that this health care law has become. He supports a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution to help get a handle on our 17 trillion dollar debt. And he believes that the best way to create more jobs is by letting people keep more of their hard-earned money by keeping taxes low.
Recently, much has been made of a conversation I had with former Senator Bob Smith when he said we deserved to have Jeanne Shaheen if we nominated Scott Brown. It’s laughable for flailing candidates like Bob Smith to try and attack Scott’s conservative credentials. Bob must have a short memory, because not too long ago, he left the Republican Party to run for president. He also must be forgetting that he endorsed John Kerry for president in 2004, despite the fact that the current secretary of state is far from being a conservative leader.
As Republicans, we can’t afford to nominate someone as disloyal to the party as Bob Smith. Unlike Smith, Scott Brown has been a proud member of the GOP since he was 18 years old and has supported the party throughout his career. On all the issues of the day, most notably taxes, spending, and Obamacare, Scott Brown will be a strong voice in the Senate for conservatives across New Hampshire. He also will stand up for gun owners across New Hampshire. Scott is not going to Washington to purpose new gun laws, and as a military member for 35 years, we can count on him to stand up for Granite Staters Second Amendment rights. His record in the Senate shows that while he did work in a bipartisan fashion, he consistently took stands to thwart the Obama Administration’s plans to grow the size of government and move America in a liberal direction.
Brown’s record stands sharply in contrast with Senator Shaheen. Her Senate term should be considered nothing short of a massive failure. She is the definition of a rubber stamp, voting 99% of the time with the President, after promising to be an independent in Washington.
She continues to support Obamacare, despite all the trouble that it is causing New Hampshire families. In addition to the law forcing 22,000 citizens across New Hampshire to lose their coverage, including myself, New Hampshire families are being turned away from hospitals, and the law has had a negative effect on the economy as well. This is all after she promised that “if you liked your plan, you could keep it,” and this inaccurate statement was deemed the 2013 “lie of the year.”
Shaheen also still stubbornly opposes the Keystone Pipeline, even though the approval of this plan will create thousands of jobs for Americans. For Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow Shaheen’s energy bill to come to the floor, just so she couldtell New Hampshire that, “I tried, but Republicans voted it down,” is the perfect example of political theater. Perhaps if her campaign was not being bankrolled by environmentalist Tom Steyer, she would do the right thing and support this Pipeline that will provide relief to the economies of New Hampshire and America.
As Republicans, we need to unite behind Scott Brown’s candidacy to replace Jeanne Shaheen. Scott is committed to moving this country in a conservative direction by shrinking the size of government, repealing Obamacare, and once again unleashing innovation and growth in the private sector This fall, I am proud to be behind him in his fight to give New Hampshire another conservative voice in the United States Senate.
(Jerry Thibodeau is a retired businessman from Rumney and former Chairman of the Manchester Republican Committee.)
(Former Sen. Bob Smith’s campaign has been invited to respond to the direct criticisms of Smith in this opinion piece.)