John Reagan Endorsed By Pro-Gay Marriage Group in his State Senate Bid

In a Republican Primary, most candidates seek the support of conservative and right of center activists and organizations. But not John Reagan, who is seeking the Republican nomination for State Senate District 17 being vacated by the New Hampshire’s senior state senator Jack Barnes.

NH Republicans For Freedom & Equality, a liberal special interest group whose sole mission is to advocate for gay marriage in New Hampshire, sent out an expensive glossy mailer endorsing John Reagan today.

Most surprising was that the group neglected to mention that they organized their “PAC” earlier this year in an effort to elect pro-gay marriage candidates like John Reagan. In fact, they didn’t mention gay marriage in the mailing at all.

One leading New Hampshire conservative said, “The pro-gay marriage group clearly is attempting to mislead conservative Republican voters into believing that John Reagan is someone they can trust. But when conservatives realize that John Reagan has been endorsed by a pro-gay marriage group for voting in favor of gay marriage earlier this year, he won’t have a chance of winning the Republican nomination.”

According to the last NH Journal survey this past May, Republican voters oppose gay marriage 57% to 33%, but among conservative voters, 75% oppose gay marriage and only 15% support it.

Author: Staff Reporter

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  • Lib3rtyLady

    Looks like another smear campaign against an upstanding State Representative. I have trusted John Reagan to represent the people of his district and his voting record stands on its own merit. John Reagan’s philosophy of government is less government equals more freedom and more prosperity, which are solid Republican values. Wish we had more like him up in Concord.

  • Keith Smith

    The majority of the Republican State Representatives in New Hampshire voted against David Bates Civil Union bill. Rep. John Reagan certainly wasn’t the only Republican to vote against the bill.

  • RFredette

    I served with John Reagan on HHS Committee for the last two years. We have had many discussions about gay marriage. He is one outstanding gentlemen who can be totally trusted by his constituents to represent them. He will be a great asset in the Senate when elected. You need to find someone else to criticize, someone not so well liked and respected.

  • Atlas

    #1 – NHJ: try referring to a real survey – http://www.unh.edu/survey-center/news/pdf/gsp2012_summer_govapp081612.pdf

    #2 – LibertyLade, RFredette, and Keith Smith have all got it right – John Reagan is a great Rep, and will make an even better Senator. He’s also endorsed by the Republican Liberty Caucus. And the NH Liberty Alliance, for that matter.

  • Rep. Dan McGuire

    I’m not sure what John’s position is on gay marriage. He voted against it in 2009, and was absent (excused) for several of the votes this year, although he did vote against one amendment. Regardless of this particular issue, he has been an excellent vote over and over on freedom and financial matters. The problem is that John’s primary opponent, Howard Pearl, has no experience in state government and is running a content-free campaign. Who knows how he will vote on anything, or whether his business obligations will turn him into a one-and-done Senator like so many this term.

  • Freedom Rings

    I’m a Republican in Hew Hampshire and I support gay marriage.