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Horn is a winner — at least for Nashua women

12 Jul

NASHUA — As Jennifer Horn likes to say, the future has never looked brighter.

Or it least it seems that way for the candidate, who had a new spring to her step Monday night as she touted her recent successes to the women of the Nashua GOP.

“Jennifer Horn for Congress is winning,” she told them.

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For the Republican candidate who was trounced in the 2008 general election by current Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes, the news that she took the lead in a recent unofficial straw poll must have felt good. (Read the full story here.)

And the candidate presented a correspondingly upbeat message to her core group of supporters, many of whom have known her for years.

“When I stand up here and tell you that we’re winning, it’s because we’re winning,” she told the women. “But we’ve got to reach out to tens of thousands more.”

Horn spoke to the Nashua Area Federation of Republican Women at their July meeting. The group of self-proclaimed conservative women meets on the second Monday of each month. The members span a range of ages, and about 30 enjoyed dinner in the air-conditioned Crowne Plaza Hotel to escape the heat.

A copy of Laura Bush‘s memoir was up for auction next to the podium, and a meat tenderizer was used in place of a gavel.

“We are in this for the right reasons,” Horn told the women (and some men) in attendance. “And when I say we, I mean everyone in this room.”

Horn, who has lagged behind the Democrats and her Republican counterpart Charlie Bass in fundraising —  but has not yet released her second quarter totals — told supporters that it isn’t the money raised that matters. But she was equally quick to ask for donations.

“If you read the political writers, all they write about is money raised. Right now, it’s about raising votes.”

What happens on September 14 is still anyone’s guess, but it seems Horn will have the votes of the women she spoke to Monday night.


Giuda calls gay marriage “downfall of the nation”

28 Jun

NASHUA, NH — Republican Bob Giuda may be a man of conviction, but on Monday, he took that conviction too far — or at least as far as a group of teenagers were concerned.

Speaking to rising high school seniors at a leadership conference, Giuda’s typical stump speech devolved into a series of confrontations with the teenagers, many of whom took offense at his strong criticisms of gay marriage, among other positions.

Giuda talks to rising high school seniors about gay marriage, among other issues.

In the discussion, Giuda became defensive and angry, and his arguments verged on the offensive and ridiculous, even for a socially conservative candidate.

In regards to the danger of gay marriage, he said, “What’s next? Men and sheep? Women and dogs?”

He called gay marriage the root of ill in society, referring to it as the “downfall of the nation.” He called single motherhood a result of a “breakdown in marriage,” and went so far as to blame the fall of Sparta, a military power in Ancient Greece, on homosexuality among its soldiers.

The students at the American Legion Boys State and Girls State, a leadership seminar focused on government, challenged Giuda’s stances on gay marriage, in addition to his positions on such issues as taxes and national security.

The teenagers — most of whom are not yet old enough to vote — engaged Giuda in an impressive manner, quoting Thomas Jefferson and the Constitution in their arguments. They asked him how he could simultaneously discourage government intervention and also support its maintenance of marriage as a “moral and social” institution.

“Why do you have the right to legislate my morality?” asked 16-year-old Corinne Dolan of Pittsfield.

Giuda — who does support civil unions — stuck to his original premise that marriage is a moral construct intended to foster the growth of children, but he became visibly irritated and short in speaking to the teenagers, some of whom challenged or questioned his views.

“You know, there are a lot of students who want to ask questions, so I think we’re done here,” he said to a young man asking why gay couples couldn’t adopt children.

Giuda often told students who disagreed with him to “know your history” or “look at the facts” as a way of dismissing their questions.

“I see a contradiction in his views,” Dolan said. “It seems like he just wants to use government to legislate for his own beliefs.”

A Gallup poll conducted in May of 2010 showed that only 44 percent of Americans believe that gay marriage should be validated under the law, as opposed to 53 percent who think it should not be validated. Read the full report here.

However, same-sex marriage is legal in New Hampshire, and an April 2009 poll showed that 55 percent of Granite state residents support gay marriage.

But even though most of the students — who overall described themselves as fiscally conservative but split on social issues — seemed to disagree with Giuda, one young woman became very emotional as she told Giuda how much his speech had meant to her.

“I’m a Christian so it’s powerful to hear someone speak like this,” said 17-year-old Olivia Touba of Bedford. “You always hear, ‘Oh, we need to be tolerant.’ No. We need to be intolerant. We need to stick to the Bible. The way we’ve wandered, it’s sad.”

Giuda continued to argue with some of the teenagers long after his speech was over.

“So let me understand what you’re saying,” Dolan said. “If gay marriage is moral failure, and the decline of every civilization is based on moral failure, than gay marriage is…”

“The downfall of the nation, yes,” Giuda responded.

“Okay, thank you, I’m done,” Dolan told him.