Letter: A Republican for Shaheen
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has earned my vote. I enjoyed working with her when she served as governor and I served on the state Board of Education (appointed by Gov. Steve Merrill). She demonstrated care and concern for the people of New Hampshire. I urge all voters to re-elect Shaheen.
One should exercise the utmost care in considering whether to change horses in midstream. In Shaheen and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire has a fine team, a fine bipartisan team.
Shaheen promotes such bipartisan efforts as energy efficiency and laws to protect seniors from health care fraud. Her effort to simplify student loan information access is timely. As a young Army officer and Green Beret, I learned that serving as a leader can be a lonely post. Shaheen’s considered review of the issues is welcoming. She demonstrates respect for her obligation to serve every constituent, regardless of party affiliation. She supports our military. Every veteran has a friend in Shaheen.
In foreign policy her voice is sought by other leaders. She supports a strong NATO. She recognizes the importance of our national defense and its local impact on New Hampshire defense industries and New Hampshire jobs. She is vigilant and proactive.
In 2014, my vote will be cast to re-elect Shaheen. In years to come I will also vote to re-elect Ayotte. It is time to look at the quality of the leaders serving us, and not merely their political party.
R. JAMES STEINER
(The writer, a lifelong Republican, ran for Congress in the 2008 2nd District Republican primary and chaired the Republican Rules Committee in the mid-1990s. )