To The Daily Sun,
I have never actively supported one candidate over another, but now feel compelled to write in support of Kathy Rago and Joe Kenney. There are so many important issues at stake. Foremost among them for Catholics are the assaults on free speech and religious freedoms, and the ongoing attacks on the sanctity of human life. I feel duty-bound to stand up and support candidates who have shown honest and effective leadership and who have a strong moral compass.
In recent filings at the N.H. Secretary of State, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund has expended $74,763 in support of and in opposition to candidates in several elections in the state of New Hampshire. Our state Senator Andrew Hosmer and Mike Cryans (running against Joe Kenney for Executive Council) both got a good amount of money donated to their campaigns by Planned Parenthood.
Sen. Hosmer voted for passage of SB-319, the Buffer Law, which is not only pro-abortion legislation, but is an attack on religious and free speech rights. Sen. Hosmer accepted Planned Parenthood donations during his 2010, 2012 and 2014 campaigns. He did this while touting himself as a member/chairman of the Endowment Trust for the Holy Trinity School in Laconia. This disingenuously promotes his public image and sends a mixed message to the religious community. How does financial support from Planned Parenthood and voting for SB-319 uphold the "Catholic teachings" spelled out in the Holy Trinity School mission statement?
At recent candidate forums, Sen. Hosmer has repeatedly stated that he is not in favor of using taxpayer funds for religious education. How ironic it is that Sen. Hosmer does not want to use taxpayer funds for religious education, yet he has no problem taking taxpayer funded Planned Parenthood donations to his campaign while a member/chairman of the Endowment Trust for the Holy Trinity School.
Kathy Rago is running for state senator in our District 7 against Sen. Hosmer. Kathy served in the state House of Representatives in 2010-2012 and is a certified public accountant (CPA). While in the NH House, Kathy Rago used her CPA skills to help eliminate the looming budget deficit. Now again, the current leadership is spending the state into another deficit situation. We need more CPAs in Concord.
Kathy is an advocate for the taxpayer, is an unwavering supporter of our constitutional rights as Americans, and has a consistent pro-life voting record. We trust Kathy to be true to her word, make wise compassionate decisions on our behalf, and to work honestly and cooperatively with all elected officials. Kathy is not beholden to any special interest groups and will instead work for the best interest of all the citizens of our District 7.
Joe Kenney is running for the Executive Council. Joe won a special election in March 2014 after the passing of Ray Burton and is now running for re-election. Joe's 34 years as a United States Marine and his service at local and state levels, speak to his longstanding commitment to our country and to the citizens of New Hampshire.
Joe Kenney's focus on constituent service picks up where Ray Burton left off. Like Kathy, Joe has consistently voted pro-life. Let's send Joe Kenney back to the Executive Council for a full term.
Soon the annoying TV commercials will end, the piles of political mail will be recycled and the people we elect will be in Concord representing our interests. Please consider voting for Kathy Rago and Joe Kenney on election day. Our country needs more Legislators like Kathy and Joe.