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My Turn: Has the New Hampshire GOP lost its way?

For the Monitor
Published: 10/19/2021 6:00:10 AM

When Republicans won control of New Hampshire’s state government in the 2020 elections I was excited. Since the Republicans won their majority on the coattails of Gov. Chris Sununu, I was expecting them to provide a fiscally responsible budget and a common-sense approach to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Well, I got one out of two. The budget passed this year was fiscally responsible and even reduced taxes. It was something that would make any fiscal conservative happy. The response to COVID has been another story.

First, Rep. Ken Weyler as chairperson of the Joint Fiscal Committee used his platform to spread ridiculous misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine. Rep. Weyler needs to take a media literacy course. Any 10th-grade high school student can tell you talk radio and chain letter e-mails are not valid sources of information.

Second, all Republican members of the Executive Council have recently voted against accepting $27 million to boost vaccinations. Not a single Republican councilor has provided a logical reason for their vote. They are catering to a small, vocal minority of anti-vaccine activists. If they try to pretend their vote was based on fiscal responsibility, that is a lie. Congress has already allocated the funds. Votes like this are giving the Democrats great material for their 2022 campaign ads.

What the Republican elected officials need to recognize is that Independent voters decide elections in New Hampshire. As of 2020 in New Hampshire, 30% of registered voters are Republican, 31% are Democrat and 39% are undeclared.

As a moderate Republican, I am embarrassed by the absolute disdain some GOP officials are showing for facts. The Republican elected officials are handing the 2022 elections to the Democrats on a silver platter. I wish the party I affiliate with would focus on being good stewards of taxpayer money and not pawns to anti-vaccine extremists.

(Adam Czarkowski lives in Penacook.)




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