Andy Martin, the man who spearheaded the media tactics that defeated Massachusetts interloper Scott Brown in the 2014 U. S. Senate election, says GOP state chair Jennifer Horn is trying to muzzle 2016 presidential candidates and infantilize the presidential primary. Andy, an independent New Hampshire Republican Party leader, says Horn’s tactics failed in 2014 and will fail again in 2016. “Criticizing the record and qualifications of your opponent is a time-honored American campaign practice,” Andy says. “Jennifer Horn tries to protect her own financial interests by pretending she is presiding at a political kindergarten where candidates can only say ‘nice things’ and cannot say ‘bad things’ about other contenders. That is not the way politics works. In 2014, Horn tried to stifle criticism of interloper Scott Brown. By seeking to discourage criticism, Horn forced Brown’s opponents to go ‘underground’ and Brown lost the conservative base in the general election. Now Horn is trying to protect Jeb Bush by stifling campaign criticism in 2016.”
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Andy Martin says Ted Cruz and Fergus Cullen should be free to speak their mind without censorship or intimidation from Jennifer Horn
Andy says Horn has done more to undermine the New Hampshire GOP than anyone else in the Granite State
Andy says Horn should disclose her unpaid taxes and arrangements with Barack Obama’s IRS
Andy is laying down a marker that he will be a tough player in the 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary; stay tuned
(Manchester, NH) (March 17, 2015) Let me begin by stating some basics:  I do not know Senator Ted Cruz and I am not a supporter. I am not supporting any presidential candidate at this time.
 I do not know Fergus Cullen. I suspect Cullen doesn’t like me any more than he likes Ted Cruz, but I unhesitatingly defend Cullen’s right to free speech, to criticize candidates and to engage in “biting” speech.
 Jennifer Horn and I are not friends. She has done everything she can to harass me, and I am committed to seeing her removed. I believe that because of her IRS tax liens Horn is really a Trojan Horse for the Obama administration, and a traitor to the state GOP.
 I believe the New Hampshire GOP State Committee has shown egregious bad judgment by allowing Horn to continue as a party leader when Horn owes back taxes to the IRS. What kind of a message does that send to voters?
Horn diverted her income taxes from payments to the IRS to her own failed political campaigns. I suspect she is paying off the IRS on an installment plan but no one knows what she owes. Horn refuses to be transparent about her obvious conflict of interest with Barack Obama’s IRS.
 I am committed to the defeat of Jeb Bush in the presidential campaign. We will stop Jebbie cold.
Last week Fergus Cullen said some nasty things about Senator Ted Cruz (see link #1 below). Cullen had every right to say what he did abut Cruz. Candidate criticism is an honorable part of our political history.
Decades ago, Ronald Reagan concocted his “Eleventh Commandment” to silence his own critics. Unfortunately, Reagan worshippers have extended the late president’s “commandment” into a straightjacket in a way that was never intended to silence campaign criticism or confrontation. Time after time, election after election, Republicans stand mute as primary candidates campaign without any meaningful examination of their records, and without any meaningful intra-party criticism. Then the Democratic Party’s dirt diggers and mudslingers attack the unsuspecting Republicans in the fall election.
The biggest victim of this internal silencing was Mitt Romney, who was surprised in 2012 when Democrats came after him hammer and tong. Romney had never faced serious confrontation in the primaries, although Newt Gingrich tried to lay out some of the anti-Romney case.
In 2014 Jennifer Horn imported Massachusetts candidate Scott Brown. Horn was trying to promote her own financial interests, which I will discuss in an upcoming column. Horn tried to silence other candidates from criticizing Brown and she tried to disrupt my senate campaign by silencing me. But I took the truth to the media. I was committed to defeating Brown and, as I promised in response to Horn’s dirty tricks, if she stabbed me in the primary in return I would stab Brown in the general election. She did and I did.
Horn is the most ignorant and corrupt GOP state party leader in the United States. Her new claim that “all Republicans would be best focused on promoting their favorite candidates rather than attacking others” (see link #2 below) is an attempt to promote her financial franchise and to muzzle intra-party criticism.
But the current “New Hampshire system” does not produce viable opponents to confront the Democratic Party’s standard bearers. In 2014 Horn could not produce a viable gubernatorial candidate, and she abandoned one congressional candidate to promote Scott Brown’s money machine. Then, after the election, Horn had the gall to take credit for state legislative victories, where her minions had played no meaningful role. Horn did more to defeat Republican candidates in 2014 than to elect them. If Horn had encouraged an open and honest primary Brown would probably be a senator today. Because she fixed and rigged the primary, all of Brown’s opponents to some extent worked against him.
Now Horn is trying to repeat her dirty tricks by rigging the presidential primary in favor of Jeb Bush, because Jeb Bush has the most cash to pass around to New Hampshire’s outstretched and open palms. Instead of defending Cullen’s right to free speech, she was and is trying to tamp down criticism, which will mostly be of Bush.
I go back a long way in presidential primaries. I remember the 1988 New Hampshire primary, when Senator Bob Dole accused George H. W. Bush of “lying about [Dole’s] record.” I observed George W. Bush’s dirty tricks from the inside in 2000. If Jeb Bush doesn’t want to criticize his opponents, that his is privilege. But if Cullen, or others, want to rip a candidate or candidates, that is their constitutional right. They should not be muzzled by Jennifer Horn.
As for myself, I have every intention of criticizing Jeb Bush because both he and his family have been a disaster for the American people. Two unnecessary Bush Middle East wars are enough. Jeb is manifestly unsuited to lead our nation.
So, Ted Cruz, feel free to “tell it like it is.” And Mr. Cullen, have it at. I may not agree with either of you but I will defend your right to free speech. Live Free or Die.
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