To The Daily Sun,
Glen Aldrich of Gilford is running as a Republican for the New Hampshire House. From looking at his own campaign literature and Internet sites, the voter might be fooled into thinking that he is just another fiscally conservative Republican and small businessman. He is not very upfront about his positions and those who have endorsed him, but a little research reveals some very disturbing facts.
If you look at his own statements, he is very confusing about whether or not he is a Tea Partier. He states that he believes in "Tea Party values," but thinks that these should be and have always been the values of the "authentic" GOP. A look at history shows this to be far from the truth. On his website, he has a confusing statement where he essentially says he is a Tea Partier and not one at the same time. Mr. Aldrich has been confusing in other ways on what he believes and wants to do while in office. Perhaps he could clarify his positions in a letter to The Sun?
Voters should be aware that Mr. Aldrich is not a "mainstream" Republican but part of the extreme libertarian faction of that party that has taken over that party in many places. This is happening in our state, too. Mr. Aldrich is part of the libertarian "Free State Project" that has stated that it wants to move as many of its members New Hampshire to take over town and state government and to create a libertarian utopia.
In reality they are extreme libertarians, but often hide their true views and objectives by running as Republicans. While Free Staters talk about "personal liberty," a number of "libertarians" and Tea Partiers are extreme Christians who oppose a woman's right to choose, or same-sex marriage. Since Mr. Aldrich has not spoken on these issues. I would like to know his honest opinions.
The Free Staters, as extreme libertarians, remind one of a cult. They are opposed to most government and to most health, safety, and licensing laws. They believe in cutting spending for all social services and support the total privatization of education and Social Security. They have long opposed any meaningful health-care reforms as well as any sane regulation on guns.
One also has to look at Mr. Aldrich's other affiliations and the organizations that have endorsed him. He is apparently a key member of the Lakes Region Porcupines, a group that would like the public to think they are merely a "fraternal organization" that seeks to clean up highways. But if you check them out, they are a right-wing organization openly affiliated with the Free State Project.
These are not the moderate Republicans I know (and have actually voted for in the past). No one, Democrat or Republican, should vote for him, if for no other reason than that he is less than honest about his positions and affiliations. We have seen what happened a few years ago when Tea Partiers and Libertarians took over the State Legislature and the really insane policies that followed. Our state does not need that again.
E. Scott Cracraft