Conservative think-tank founder Karen Testerman (R) “vowed to improve the state’s business climate and repair its image as the Live Free or Die state if voters elect her” GOV (Landrigan, Nashua Telegraph, 12/8).
The founder and ex-exec. dir. of the conservative think tank Cornerstone Policy Research “stressed a need” for NH to “return to its roots, (to a) reliance on the creator of this great state.”
“She addressed her views against gay marriage by quoting Vladimir Lenin.” Testerman: “If you destroy the family, you destroy society.” Testerman said what a gay or lesbian does behind closes doors is up to them but society should not formally recognize a gay union. Testerman: “The reason to recognize family in the state is to provide for the next generation, to ensure a man or woman is held accountable, held responsible for children in the community” (Schoenberg, Concord Monitor, 12/8).
NH Dem spokesperson Derek Richer: “While Testerman and the N.H. GOP continue to talk about discrimination and hate, Democrats in New Hampshire are working hard to fix the economy, create jobs, and improve the lives of working families in the Granite State.”
Testerman said if elected she “would bring state spending back to 2004 levels plus an annual inflation rate.” Testerman: “It’s not the same old thing, taxes, taxes, taxes. What we have is a spending problem.”
Her campaign “is neither exploratory nor necessarily permanent” and “she could defer to another” socially and fiscally conservative GOPer who emerges later. Testerman: “If that happens, I would sit back and prayerfully assess what would be the consequences of that. There are benefits in having party primaries as long as all candidates remain focused on the issues” (Nashua Telegraph, 12/8).
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