NHGOP executive committee to consider resolutions condemning Speaker’s election

CONCORD — State Republican Party Chair Jennifer Horn is telling the party Executive Committee this morning that at their meeting on Monday, Dec. 15, she will entertain proposed resolutions that address the election of House Speaker Shawn Jasper on Wednesday by a coalition of Republicans and Democrats.

 

Horn wrote in an email to Executive Committee members that since Wednesday, when Jasper was elected over Bill O’Brien, the nominee of the House Republican caucus, “I have been inundated with emails, calls and texts from Republicans across the state expressing anger over the manner by which the Speaker was elected. I have also received messages from many of you in the same vein.”

 

Horn wrote that she has been asked “to formally pass an Executive Committee resolution that makes it clear to our grassroots activists that the State Committee does not condone what happened on Wednesday. I want to assure you that I will allow any potential resolutions introduced by Executive Committee members to be openly debated and fairly considered at our next regularly scheduled meeting on December 15th.”

 

Horn’s email comes after O’Brien and his supporters issued a call for a House GOP caucus on Monday morning to elect a representative of the GOP caucus to serve on the party executive committee. Party bylaws disallow Jasper from serving in that position because he was not elected by a majority of the GOP caucus. Our full report can be found here.

 

The executive committee is scheduled to meet on Monday night.

 

Under the O’Brien proposal, the person elected as the House Republican representative on the Executive Committee would be further designated as “the Majority Leader of the House this term.”

 

Jasper said he intends to name his own Majority Leader next Wednesday, and sources told the New Hampshire Journal today that Jasper is expected to name Rep. Jack Flanagan, R-Brookline, to the post.

 

 

 

Whether the majority of the caucus will recognize Flanagan as the majority leader, or the person selected at the Monday meeting remains to be seen.

 

 

Horn likened the failure of all GOP House members to support O’Brien to abandoning a party nominee for an elected office after a primary.

 

“Rep. O’Brien was the fairly elected nominee for Speaker and the party must always stand with our nominees,” she wrote. “I am sure you can imagine how all of those Republicans who stood with our senate, congressional and gubernatorial nominees in the general election, after their preferred candidates lost the primary, felt as they watch elected Republicans refuse to stand with their nominee for speaker.”

 

GOP sources say no resolutions have been submitted to this point and they would be submitted on Monday, but some Republicans have contacted the party office about submitting resolutions.

 

According to sources, ideas for resolutions have ranged from one officially denouncing the process used to elect Jasper, to a resolution reaffirming the state committee’s commitment to back the winners of primaries/caucus nomination processes.

 

Horn will not submit her own resolution, sources say. She will instead allow members to submit their own and provide an opportunity to debate and vote on them. And said sources, because she will preside over the meeting and moderate debate of any resolutions, she will likely abstain from voting on any of them.

 

Here is the text of Horn’s email, obtained by the New Hampshire Journal:

Dear Executive Committee Members,

 

I am writing in response to the outcome of the Speaker’s election. I have been inundated with emails, calls and texts from Republicans across the state expressing anger over the manner by which the Speaker was elected. I have also received messages from many of you in the same vein. I want to update you quickly on what we are doing and why.

 

As chairman of the party, I remained neutral as our House Republican caucus selected its nominee for speaker. Once the majority of the caucus selected Representative Bill O’Brien as the Republican nominee, I strongly and vocally supported him. Rep. O’Brien was the fairly elected nominee for Speaker and the party must always stand with our nominees. I am sure you can imagine how all of those Republicans who stood with our senate, congressional and gubernatorial nominees in the general election, after their preferred candidates lost the primary, felt as they watch elected Republicans refuse to stand with their nominee for speaker.

 

Additionally, our bylaws are clear that the Republican leader who represents the House on the Executive Committee must be elected by the majority of the House caucus. At every turn for the past two years I have tried to diligently and fairly enforce our party bylaws and I intend to enforce them in this circumstance as well. I take this rule very seriously and will only seat a representative on the Executive Committee who clearly has the support of the majority of the House Republican Caucus.

 

I have received several requests to formally pass an Executive Committee resolution that makes it clear to our grassroots activists that the State Committee does not condone what happened on Wednesday. I want to assure you that I will allow any potential resolutions introduced by Executive Committee members to be openly debated and fairly considered at our next regularly scheduled meeting on December 15th.

 

Finally, for those of you who have had Republican activists express their anger and frustration over this issue, please reassure them, as I have tried to do, that our party is strong and our purpose is greater than one person or one race. We must continue to stand together and remain focused on our efforts to advance core Republican principles. We will find our way through this together.

 

I want to thank you all for the insights and concerns you have shared with me over the past 24 hours and for your sincere concern for our party.

 

Best wishes,

Jennifer

Author: John DiStaso

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