Sources: Kimball, Binnie alliance about money, Sununu

On Thursday, NH Journal reported that tea party candidate for New Hampshire Republican State Chairman Jack Kimball would hold Republicans to the party platform, which would serve as a yardstick to measure candidate recruits and the performance of the state legislature. “I won’t tolerate our party deviating from its conservative platform,” Kimball told us.

Later that day, John DiStaso of the New Hampshire Union Leader reported that businessmen and unsuccessful 2010 U.S. Senate candidates Bill Binnie and Jim Bender have agreed to head up the finance committee of the Republican State Committee should Kimball win the party’s top post on January 22nd.

What’s going on? Why would Kimball, the erstwhile keeper of the conservative flame, jump into bed with Bill Binnie who ran for Senate openly as a moderate? And why would Binnie jump into bed with a man who no doubt considers him a RINO (Republican In Name Only) who doesn’t belong on a Republican ballot?

Sources tell NH Journal that Binnie is motivated more by revenge than commitment to the party. Binnie loathes Gov. John Sununu, who supports Kimball’s rival Juliana Bergeron, sources said, because he blames Sununu for igniting the debilitating backlash against Binnie’s harsh attacks against Kelly Ayotte in the Republican Senate primary. And Kimball, we are told, is motivated by dollars and cents rather than the party platform.

“I don’t want to stray from the platform,” Kimball told DiStaso. “But these men bring a lot of credibility from the business community and an ability to fund-raise.” We understand Binnie has committed to raise $400,000 for the 2012 election cycle should Kimball defeat the Sununu-backed candidate.

“I guess even Mr. Tea Party has his price,” one Republican official who is backing Bergeron for the chairmanship quipped to NH Journal. “So Juliana is too liberal for the party but Binnie is just fine? He’s being a bit hypocritical to say the least.”

It would be hard to overstate the ways in which Binnie violated conservative orthodoxy during his campaign for Senate. He criticized the Arizona law cracking down on illegal immigration. He angrily blurted out, “I’m not a constitutionalist” at a Rochester 9/12 candidate debate. He said he was pro-choice on abortion because parents should be permitted to abort their pregnancies if they are going to have a child with a disability. Whatever else one might say about Bill Binnie, he is not someone who toes the party line as described in the party platform.

Author: Shawn Millerick

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  • Joseph X

    Binnie Bender and Kimball are all businessmen. If Bill wants to compromise his principals and join with Jack and support the Party’s conservative platform that is absolutely phenomenal; but if there is any hypocrisy; it belongs with Bill Binnie, and NOT Jack Kimball. Neither Bender nor Binnie will set policy. Neither Binnie or Bender are members of the committee. BOTH Binnie and Bender were tapped to support Juliana; John Sununu having called Jim Bender personally. If Barack Obama himself wanted to donate a million dollars to our conservative cause; I can think of no reason why not to accept it; but the reader must understand that it would be Barack Obama compromising HIS principles in donating to our cause; that is where the hypocrisy lies; it lies NOT with us.

    Jack is solid pro life, he has been indorsed by New Hampshire Right to Life PAC. I do not question for a minute that he would deviate from his principles. If two of the State’s top businessmen want to assist on the finance committee which will serve the party platform that is outstanding. I can say that they will have NO say in party policy or any other such influence other than that intended on the finance committee. I see it as a tremendous bonus for the parties fundraising efforts.

    I think it’s very sad that Sununu is resorting to negative campaigning within his own party all for the sake of his own pride. I find this report very interesting since I know factually that Juliana has approached both Jim Bender and Bill Binnie to serve in a similar capacity.

    I think the NH Journal need to speculate less and research more.