Updated: Guinta, Morse endorse Horn for NHGOP chair


U.S. Rep.-elect Frank Guinta tonight has added his endorsement of Jennifer Horn’s bid for reelection as NHGOP chairman.


In a statement released Friday evening, Guinta said: “I am honored to endorse Jennifer Horn today for a second term as Chairman of the Republican Party. Along with her team, Jennifer helped in our victory in the first district, regain control in the state House and the Executive Council, while growing our majority in the state Senate . Her dedication and leadership have moved our party in the right direction and I look forward to working with her to continue this progress over the next two years.”


Also backing Horn (see below) are state Senate President Chuck Morse, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, former Gov. John H. Sununu and former House speaker Bill O’Brien.




CONCORD — State Senate President Chuck Morse today became the latest high-ranking Republican to back Jennifer Horn’s bid to be reelected as party chairman.


In a statement Friday afternoon, Morse, of Salem, said Horn and her NHGOP staff were “instrumental in securing the Republican gains made in our state Legislature.” Republicans increased their Senate majority from 13-11 to 14-10, while the House moved from a Democratic to Republican majority of 239-160.


“Jennifer lived this commitment daily by persistently and consistently reaching out to lower ballot candidates to ensure they had the training and exposure to the party’s staff, its resources and its latest technology,” Morse said.


“Republican efforts in 2016 will be stronger with Jennifer as Chairman and I strongly encourage state committee members to re-elect her at our Annual Meeting,” scheduled for Jan. 10 in Derry.


Morse joined Sen. Kelly Ayotte, former Governor and NHGOP chair John H. Sununu and former House Speaker Bill O’Brien in backing Horn.


(Our earlier reports follow.)


THURSDAY, DEC. 11: Late Thursday, Sen. Kelly Ayotte joined former Gov. John Sununu and former House speaker Bill O’Brien in backing  Jennifer Horn’s candidacy for reelection as NHGOP chairman.


Ayotte spokesman Liz Johnson, asked for the senator’s position, said in a brief comment, “She supports Chairman Horn’s reelection.”


Ayotte and Horn are both from Nashua, and Horn in her announcement email to the NHGOP executive committee, wrote: “Not only do we need to hold the gains we achieved, we need to protect Sen. Ayotte in her reelection and make sure that New Hampshire delivers in our quest to win back the White House in 2016.”


(Our earlier report follows.)


THURSDAY, DEC. 11: Shortly after she announced her candidacy for a second term as NHGOP chair, Jennifer Horn picked up two key endorsements, from different sides of the party’s ideological spectrum.


Former Gov. John H. Sununu, himself a former NHGOP chairman and a fixture of the GOP establishment, said Horn has “won the trust and confidence” of state Republicans.


And Bill O’Brien, the embattled conservative former New Hampshire House speaker, also backed Horn, recalling that he nominated her to the chairman’s post in before she defeated Andrew Hemingway in 2013. O’Brien also stressed that Horn recently strongly backed his bid to return as House speaker, after he won the nomination of the House Republican caucus over Rep. Gene Chandler.


Horn, as the New Hampshire Journal was first to report Thursday morning, announced her candidacy for a second term in an email to members of the Republican State Committee executive committee. See our report here.


Sununu said in a statement:


“I am extremely pleased that Jennifer Horn has decided to run for a second term as Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee. Jennifer did an excellent job in her first term and I expect that she will continue to the build the party going into the next election cycle. She has earned the trust and confidence of Republicans across the State of New Hampshire and I urge them to support her at the 2015 Annual Meeting.”

O’Brien, in his statement, said:


“Two years ago I stood up at the New Hampshire Republican State Committee Annual Meeting to nominate Jennifer Horn as the next chairman of our party. I decided to support Jennifer because I thought she was the best candidate to take the fight to the Democrats, update and rebuild our party’s infrastructure, and stand up for our Republican nominees and elected officials.

“Jennifer has not only met, but surpassed, my expectations and served as one of the most effective state party chairmen during my time in New Hampshire politics. She has served as a successful messenger for our party by clearly communicating our fiscally conservative principles and highlighting the failures of the Democrats’ liberal agenda.


“Jennifer has effectively managed the state committee by assembling a talented team, addressing outstanding financial reporting issues, and raising the resources that we needed to take on the Democrats’ political machine.


“Most importantly, Jennifer has demonstrated great integrity by keeping her word to always stand up for our Republican nominees and fairly enforce our party’s bylaws. Her willingness to publicly stand as the lead guardian of the New Hampshire Republican Party was clearly demonstrated during the recent House vote for speaker. For that and so much more she deserves the support of all conservatives in our party.

“I am extremely pleased that Jennifer has chosen to seek a second term as chairman. I encourage my fellow state committee members to join me in enthusiastically supporting her re-election effort at the 2015 annual meeting.”


Author: John DiStaso

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