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Dan Tuohy has covered politics in the Granite State since 1993 and has reported from the Statehouse. A New Hampshire native, Tuohy is a past president of the New Hampshire Press Association.
June 23. 2014 11:44AM

N.H. Senate President backs Brown

New Hampshire Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, endorsed Scott Brown in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate on Monday, adding an influential voice to the list of establishment GOP leaders backing the former Massachusetts senator in his bid to unseat incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

Morse has served eight years in the Senate and four years in the House of Representatives. He has served as President of the Senate since September 2013.

“Scott Brown is a man of character who will work tirelessly to support the citizens of New Hampshire. After observing his campaign and listening to his message, I am confident that Scott has what it takes to unify the

Republican Party and win back this senate seat in November,” said Morse. “New Hampshire families are frustrated with Washington gridlock, high taxes and the failed policies of Obamacare, and they want their voice to be heard. Senator Shaheen is out of touch with our state, as proven through her partisan voting record and loyalty to President Obama. This is not what New Hampshire deserves. With our help, Scott will work to support economic growth and send more power back to the states to make the best decisions for New Hampshire.”

Morse’s endorsement came the day after Brown first appeared on a stage with his two primary opponents — former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith and former state Sen. Jim Rubens. Smith has refused to sign a GOP unity pledge promoted by GOP Chair Jennifer Horn, while Rubens only agreed to sign after Brown agreed to more debates.

“A united Republican party is Senator Shaheen’s worst nightmare,” said Brown. “I am grateful to have Sen. Morse’s support as we continue to grow our grassroots team and spread our message to every corner of the state. Sen. Morse has been a tireless advocate for our families and I applaud his dedication to New Hampshire. I look forward to working with him on the campaign trail as we keep spreading our message for smaller government, lower taxes and better jobs for all.”​

Cormier gets O’Brien backing
Former State Rep. Jane Cormier, a favorite of the tea party style Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, was endorsed on Monday by former Speaker of the House Bill O’Brien in her primary challenge to incumbent Sen. David Boutin, R-Hookset.

The Liberty Caucus is supporting primary challenges to any Republican Senator who, like Boutin, voted for an increase in the state’s gasoline tax and expansion of Medicaid.
The former Alton representative resigned from her House seat in May and moved to Hookset to run for the Senate seat and to be closer to her vocal studio in Manchester.

With a 100 percent rating by the conservative House Republican Alliance, she was a favorite of O’Brien during his term as speaker from 2011-12. “Often new legislators are advised to spend their first months and years in Concord listening and waiting to be called forward. For some, this advice makes sense. For Rep. Jane Cormier, it did not and fortunately for New Hampshire, she knew it,” said O’Brien.

“From her first days in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Rep. Cormier established herself as a leading, and on some issues, an indispensable voice for New Hampshire and its traditions of fiscal responsibility, limited government and liberty built on a foundation of personal responsibility. In this time of too many and too expensive demands on state government, we need one of the state’s strongest advocates for New Hampshire traditions and good common sense to return to Concord and continue to speak up for New Hampshire’s families and hardworking taxpayers,” he said.

O’Brien has indicated his interest in running again for House Speaker should the Republicans gain a majority in the election this fall.


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