The former New Hampshire house speaker Bill O’brien announces his candidacy for the Republican Senate nomination this week.
To topple MANCHESTER, NH – A Republican candidate in the hopes of democratic sen. Jeanne Shaheen next year in the granite state Band, the two-term incumbent progressive firebrand freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and railed against the senator for failing to vote against the Green New Deal.
The candidate, the former state-house of representatives speaker Bill O’brien on Tuesday officially launched its campaign for the Republican Senate nomination, he argues that “Jeanne Shaheen with New Hampshire the first. You don’t put you first. You Washington’s big government and those who the way to socialism.”
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New Hampshire, considered by some as a key battlefield, saw the most competitive Senate races in 2014 and 2016 cycles. The state has a Senate election in 2018. The Republicans see Shaheen’s seat as a potential pickup, as you mostly defense games in the year 2020, with a 53-47 majority in the chamber.
O’brien, a well-known figure in the granite state, thanks to his turbulent term 2010-2012 as a speaker-if he is forced, by massive budget cuts, his Fans love and his opponents decried — spent most of his speech targeting Shaheen, a popular Ex-Governor.
“Jeanne Shaheen has demonstrated, she is trapped by a big government Washington is pressing the control. Leaving New Hampshire behind,” he argued.
O’brien also criticized Shaheen for her vote in support of the Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare. And he slammed her for a lack of courage by voting “present” on the ” Green New Deal,’ the sweeping climate change presented a litmus test for the progressive base of the Democratic party.
“She’s not the first New Hampshire. They ran away. She refused to vote no,” he charged.
O’brien claims“ that Shaheen’s put Washington big government first. Maybe, she thinks, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, because this is it, you put first.”
Longtime New Hampshire Democratic party Chairman Ray Buckley, pointed to O’brien’s tenure as speaker, referred to him as “right-wing extremist.”
And Buckley tied him to a Republican President trump, with the argument that “New Hampshire voters remember Bill O’brien was a mirror image of Donald Trump before Trump ever ran for President. In the office, they both Sabotage the Affordable Care Act, defunding planned Parenthood and to undermine the voting rights of their top priorities.”
O’brien, who was a top-Granite State supporter of conservative sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, in 2016, the GOP first-in-the-nation presidential primary, said on Fox News: “I’m a big fan of Donald Trump.”
“I don’t think anyone who cares in this country to the prosperity, who cares about to deregulate the industry, can not do anything else than look at what Donald Trump has done, and say, I’m a supporter.”
O’brien’s announcement comes a month after the retired army Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc, a Laconia native, moved back to New Hampshire in retirement, launched a Republican bid for the Senate. A third candidate is likely to a jump in the race for the GOP nomination.