Pataki unveils NH steering committeeBy DAN TUOHY
New Hampshire Union Leader
April 02. 2015 12:19PM
Former New York Gov. George Pataki, a likely Republican presidential hopeful, unveiled a steering committee Thursday as he works to raise his profile in New Hampshire.
Pataki, who is campaigning in northern New Hampshire on Thursday, also announced his "We the People, Not Washington" PAC is opening an office at 62 Lowell St. in Manchester. Pataki's message continues to be reducing the "size and scope of government," as well as tax reform and preserving individual liberty.
"New Hampshire is in the spotlight every four years and with their help we can put this agenda in the spotlight too," Pataki said in a press release. "I look forward to the guidance of these great folks to help pave the way for us to take back America."
The list includes two state senators, some prominent business people, and local activists.
- State Sen. Nancy Stiles, R-Hampton.
- Sen. John Reagan, R-Deerfield.
- Sue Prentiss, a paramedic who sits on the Lebanon City Council.
- Alissa Tweedie, a U.S. Navy veteran who works at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
- Doug Palardy, a Portsmouth businessman who is married to Dan Innis, finance chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party.
- Former state Sen. David Currier, owner and co-founder of the Henniker Brewing Co.
- Ben Gamache, of the Manchester-based Gamache Properties real estate firm.
- Bruce Breton, a selectman in Windham and former Windham GOP chairman.
- Paul Hamblett, a real estate professional from Portsmouth.
- Purr Gow Whalley, co-owner and director of HK Powersports in Laconia.
- Kate Sisneroz, of Stratham, who is director of special education at the Monarch School of New England in Rochester.
Pataki is on his seventh visit to New Hampshire on Thursday. Among his schedule, he participated in a "Periscope" live video event while being driven to a stop in Coos County. Pataki used the time to criticize Indiana's "religious freedom restoration act," and positioned himself apart from the likely GOP presidential field. He said no law should result in or contribute to discrimination.
"This is not something where you take a poll or do a focus group," Pataki said. "This is something that either you believe it's right or you believe it's wrong. I'm for religious freedom but I believe that we cannot deny the civil rights of anyone in this country."