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An Editorial -- Joseph W. McQuaid, Publisher: Jeopardizing NH primary for selfish political gain

New Hampshire Union Leader Publisher

March 15. 2018 8:46PM

Colin Van Ostern

Given the brass of some political opportunists, we aren’t surprised at how jaded many Granite Staters have become about our government.

Levi Sanders and Maura Sullivan give carpetbagging a bad name. Colin Van Ostern makes them look like amateurs.

The son of Vermont Socialist Bernie Sanders, Levi lives in Claremont, in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District. But he doesn’t care to challenge incumbent Democrat Anne Kuster there, so he has decided to run in the 1st district. Sullivan at least now lives in the district; but she apparently came here precisely to run for office.

At least they are seeking political office. Van Ostern, who was beaten in a race against Gov. Chris Sununu, has now decided to inject purely partisan politics into an office that has been above reproach for decades.

Few Granite Staters know to what political party Secretary of State William Gardner belongs. The same was true for Gardner’s predecessor, the late Bob Stark.

Both these fine gentlemen knew the importance of keeping that office, which oversees our elections, free from partisanship.

In Gardner’s case, it has also meant protecting our first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Legislatures, whether Democratic or Republican, have been so impressed with Gardner’s integrity that they have made him the final arbiter of primary matters.

To hand such an important role to a brazen, self-serving political climber would be absurd and shameful. It would also jeopardize the presidential primary of which most Granite Staters are justifiably proud.

Van Ostern should look elsewhere for a stepping stone.

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