Accidental early announcement for Executive Council
CONCORD — Former District 4 Executive Councilor Ray Wieczorek let the cat out of the bag Wednesday, prematurely announcing that retired U.S. Postal Service District Manager James Adams is running for Wieczorek's old seat.
Adams and Wieczorek were at the Secretary of State's office to file the necessary paperwork when Wieczorek told Republican Gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein, who was there to make his run for governor official, that he hopes Havenstein and Adams will be sitting together at the Council table before long.
Wieczorek is serving as Adams' fiscal agent and co-chair of his steering committee.
Since he retired in 2007 from his position as district manager for New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, Adams, who is 64, said he has been active on the board of the state Veterans Council.
He said he couldn't stand what was happening to the state and the country, so he had to run.
"I'm very very concerned with the direction this state and country are headed," he said.
He said the liberals are giving everything to everybody, without figuring out how to pay for it.
Some of the people he's worried about having to shoulder that burden are his six children and 10 grandchildren, who range in age from 21 years to 18 months.
As for his wife, Sandra's view on his coming out of retirement.
"She's on board with it," he said.
Adams is president of the Granite State Taxpayers, founded by the late Gov. Meldrim Thomson and former State Sen. George Lovejoy. He is an advocate of the group's philosophy, low spending means low taxes.
He's also concerned about the long-term effect of putting another 50,000 people on Medicaid, saying the costs will grow exponentially. He said we need "outside-of-the-box thinking" on health insurance.
He said New Hampshire's auto insurance policy could set an example.
"People could buy coverage for what fits their family. One size of health insurance doesn't fit all, he said. "It doesn't fit anyone."
As for that promise that under the Affordable Care Act, which he didn't name, he said people were promised they could keep their insurance if they wanted to, but they lost their insurance.
"That's unacceptable," said Adams.
Adams began his career as a letter carrier in Manchester in 1972, served in Washington as chief of staff to three Postmasters General of the United States, and returned home to be District Manager.