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Brown Falters in Conservative Straw Poll

Coalition on the right pushes back against “establishment” Republican candidate in the N.H. Senate race. (For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)

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July 8, 2014 - 2:21 pm
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Former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith bested his Republican challengers in a July 5 straw poll taken by the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers, further entrenching Smith as the favorite among conservatives in the state.

The straw poll came during a picnic hosted by the CNHT at an American Legion post in Hillsborough.

Smith garnered 76 votes in his first place showing, while Jim Rubens placed second with 44 votes, despite being endorsed by the group’s leader, Ed Naile, in the race to challenge Jeanne Shaheen’s (D-N.H.) for her Senate seat. Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, whom many have anointed as the most likely to square off against Shaheen, placed third in the poll with 34 votes. Brown is widely viewed as the “establishment” Republican candidate in the race.

Brown announced in June that he had been endorsed by several current and former lawmakers from Hillsborough County, including current Republican state Reps Kathy Stroud and William Infantine.

The Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers describes itself as a conservative grassroots group and a member of the New Hampshire Tea Party Coalition.

Both Smith and Rubens attended the event in person, delivering speeches in front of attendees. Brown, however, was not present at the picnic.

“This is an indication of our grassroots support among conservatives in New Hampshire,” Smith said in a statement following the victory. “I am the only true constitutional conservative who sticks to the Republican Party platform 100 percent.”

During his speech at the event, Rubens briefly discussed his “bold ideas” for “Super WiFi,” education reform and the elimination of energy subsidies. In that speech, he said Super WiFi was the only way people could overcome the monopolies of Time Warner and Comcast.

Rubens has explained that his Super WiFi proposal would employ the unused over-the-air signals that currently exist as WiFi channels that could be used by anyone for free.

His brief discussion of his plan to eliminate the Department of Education elicited cheers from the attendees. That plan involves taking the money allocated for education and giving it back to the states for a voucher program that would allow parents to choose which school they send their children to.

Brian Tilton, Rubens’ communications director, said that Rubens was “eagerly received” at the event and added that Smith’s win was likely due to his pro-life stance, an issue on which Rubens and Smith are at odds. Rubens supports legal availability to abortions but does not want any state money to fund them.

Smith has attacked Rubens for calling himself a “conservative” due to his support for the public financing of elections and his position on the abortion issue.

Climate change is another topic distinguishing Rubens from many of his Republican colleagues, and might turn off some voters. Rubens accepts published climate science, which makes him a lone wolf among candidates for the U.S. Senate.

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Brown's win was the opening shot in the 2010 TP revolution, but like so many others Brown turned his back on the very people who brought him to the dance.
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Mucking up the works of an opposing party in a state that is struggling to find its political identity? That's simply never been done before.

Not.

Carpet bagging by Scott Brown has never been done before either.

Not.

Brown was the recipient of voluminous campaign contributions during his juggernaut to replace Ted Kennedy. And he screwed us. He disavowed the tea party.

He'll NEVER get the dough he got in his first run for Senate.

My wallet closed. Period. To hell with your RINO ass.
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A straw poll of 154 Tea Partiers and the guy endorsed by Mitt Romney finished third? I guess the election is all over now.

Everyone knows that winning a straw poll makes one unbeatable. Just ask President Bachmann.
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The author includes this gem of reporting in this story, "Climate change is another topic distinguishing Rubens from many of his Republican colleagues, and might turn off some voters. Rubens accepts published climate science, which makes him a lone wolf among candidates for the U.S. Senate."

What is "published climate science"? The author does not say, but definitely implies that all articles on climate, a a rather large topic, are all in complete agreement somehow. The author does not say, but seems to imply that all published articles support the notion that all climate variations that are perceived to be negative are caused by man's activity, while a separate group of climate variations that are OK are caused by Gaia or some unidentified source. I am not a scientist and neither is the author but I am certain that there is no consensus about what causes changes in the weather among scientists. If there was a consensus, then all those who published articles supporting the idea of "global warming" would be now proven wrong, since we are in the 17th consecutive year of cooling.

It would be more accurate for the author to say "Ruben's supports the scientists (sic) who are popular with the media and with Democrat candidate, which scientists believed global warming was happening to to man, but then decided climate change was happening due to man after global cooling was observed."

The author really should stop letting his weak understanding of certain topics cause him to put wildly erroneous statements in a news story. Stick to the news and leave out your misinformed notions.
19 weeks ago
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Be sure to elect Jeanne Shaheen instead.
19 weeks ago
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Yes, if you like what Democrats are doing to America.
19 weeks ago
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"Brown falters in conservative straw poll"?? Gee, I wonder why...
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There are more "undeclared" registered voters here than either Republicans or Democrats. Each one of them can vote in the primaries, having to (temporarily) switch to one of the parties, and then, if desired, back to the "undeclared" status.

I would guess that a lot of Dem-voting "undeclareds" will vote in the Republican primaries to affect the favorable (to them) outcome.

My point is that straw polls of NH conservatives are probably close to meaningless right now, since they are not the deciding factor in all this.
19 weeks ago
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Temporarily joining a group to muck the workings of a group violates freedom of association.
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It's fine if a party itself wants it. I just don't understand why a political party would want to allow things like that.

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Mucking up the works of an opposing party in a state that is struggling to find its political identity? That's simply never been done before.

Not.

Carpet bagging by Scott Brown has never been done before either.

Not.

Brown was the recipient of voluminous campaign contributions during his juggernaut to replace Ted Kennedy. And he screwed us. He disavowed the tea party.

He'll NEVER get the dough he got in his first run for Senate.

My wallet closed. Period. To hell with your RINO ass.
19 weeks ago
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How did Brown screw the Tea Party? Seriously, I don't know one thing he did after I sent him my $17.76 and he got elected.
19 weeks ago
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Brown's win was the opening shot in the 2010 TP revolution, but like so many others Brown turned his back on the very people who brought him to the dance.
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He decided he wanted to dance at the better funded dance.
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