Snowbird Smith running in Florida — again

Bob Smith is ditching the Granite State for the Grapefruit League.

The former New Hampshire senator — who was waxed by John Sununu in the 2002 GOP primary — is planning to run for the seat being vacated by Republican Mel Martinez, according to Union-Leader’s John DiStaso.

Smith, who relocated to Sarasota and reinvented himself as a real estate exec, has gone down this road before — exploring a run against Martinez in ’04 before abandoning it for lack of fundraising cash.

In a letter to Republicans, Smith describes himself as a “proven conservative” — even though he backed John Kerry against W in 2004.


“I have agonized as to whether to re-enter national politics,” Sarasota resident Smith wrote in a recent letter to friends and supporters.

“I have concluded that I can no longer ‘sit on the sidelines’ in this fight for the soul of America.”

He says he has filed the necessary papers with the Federal Election Commission and will have a website up soon.

And, “I am now accepting contributions,” he says.

“It’s time for Republicans to start acting like Republicans again!” wrote the man who a decade ago left the GOP, and then rejoined.

By Glenn Thrush 09:27 AM
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Dear Friend,

Let me get right to the point.  There are two special Legislative elections in April, and the New Hampshire Republican Party needs your financial support today to win those races.

On Tuesday, April 21, voters in State Senate District 3 go to the polls to elect a new Senator.  Our candidate is Jeb Bradley.  Tuesday, April 28, is election day in Salem and Windham when voters will choose a new member of the House.  Marilinda Garcia is our candidate.

Jeb and Marilinda are great candidates who share our principles of low taxes, limited government, local control, and personal responsibility.

The liberal Democrats in the State House are ruining New Hampshire with their San Francisco social agenda and Massachusetts tax and spend economic agenda.  They sponsored legislation to make public bathrooms genderless and same-sex marriage legal.  They have proposed an 8% death tax, increasing the gas tax by 15 cents per gallon, and raising the rooms and meals tax!

It is up to us to defeat the radical agenda of the Democrats.  We can begin to turn the tide by winning the two special elections.

We need Jeb and Marilinda in Concord, but we must have your help to make it happen.

Can I count on you to please make as generous a financial contribution as you can to the New Hampshire Republican Party right now? No amount is too small, and every dollar is critical.

Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you.


John H. Sununu
NH Republican State Committee

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I have lived in the Lakes Region for many years and like you, I enjoy our beautiful lakes and mountains. And like you, I am very concerned about our future. Our friends and families are struggling – many have lost their jobs and can’t afford to pay their bills. While New Hampshire citizens have tightened their belts and made painful decisions, state government spending grew by 17%. Now with the faltering economy and shrinking revenues, our state must make difficult budget decisions.

That’s why I’m running for the District 3 State Senate seat. Now more than ever, I believe the budgeting decisions we make today affect our way of life. Raising taxes, like rooms and meals tax, will harm the tourism industry — the lifeblood of small businesses in the Lakes Region and Mt. Washington Valley. We can’t shift costs from the state to property taxpayers. Rather it is time to reduce unnecessary spending by prioritizing the services and programs necessary for our friends in need, while making sure we don’t keep raising spending to levels we can’t afford. Creating jobs in New Hampshire and getting people back to work means not raising taxes on businesses and means no sales or income tax…ever!

It might surprise many of you that I am running for State Senate, but I have always made public service to my community and my state a priority. Many of you may remember that I served several of the communities in District 3 as a State Representative for 12 years. As I always have, I will work across the aisle to develop common sense solutions for the challenges facing our state.

Please join my team and I hope I can count on your vote in the Special Election on April 21. Thank You!

-Jeb will be heading down to the Salem area this evening to help the Marilinda Garcia re-election campaign.

We’ll try to have video footage and photos of the event. Stay tuned.

At last week’s NH Young Republicans meeting, the earliest congressional candidate for CD-1 – Newmarket resident Bob Bestani – talked about his experience and educational background.

Bestani had the awesome privilege of learning economics from free-market professor Milton Friedman at the University of Chicago.

So far, this is the first announced candidate for CD-1. Bestani’s economics credentials are impeccable.

Can’t say that about Congresswoman Carol-Shea-Porter, who carries a horrible F ranking from the National Taxpayers Union and a 0 grade from Americans For Tax Reform.

NH2012 is reporting that former congressional candidate Jennifer Horn is considering another run for the U.S. House:

Former congressional candidate Jennifer Horn (R-NH) is “absolutely, very seriously considering” running for political office in 2010, The Keene Sentinel is reporting.

Horn, who ran unsuccessful for congress in 2008, said that she is leaning towards running for the Second Congressional District seat but has not ruled out running for another office.

“But that doesn’t mean, as a lot of people have tried to suggest, that I’m going to run against Paul Hodes for Senate,” The Sentinel reports. “I’m more strongly considering a run for the House, but I have not decided against anything. It is highly likely I’ll run, but it is notdefinite.”

Horn was defeated by U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH), who has decided to run for the United States Senate in 2010.

Horn also said that will be hosting a radio show on WSMN starting April 6.

The special election in Salem has produced these candidacies so far:

Sheila Murray, Salem (11 Darryl Lane) 03079

Marilinda Garcia, Salem (23 School Street) 03079
Donna Mauro, Windham (18 Simpson Road) 03087
James E. Holland, Jr., Salem (7 Spicket Lane) 03079
Edward DeClercq, Salem (5 Playcamp Road) 03079

Declaration of Intent filed by: William McNally, Windham (7 Blueberry Road) 03087