Sean Mahoney has a serious integrity problem. He’s got this idea in his head that he can call himself a Reagan Republican.
“You know I first came to this party under Ronald Reagan.”
(Link: at 1:07)
Sean might have a hard time selling himself as a politically active teenager “to come to the party with Reagan” because unless I’m mistaken he wasn’t even old enough to vote until 1984, and by all accounts didn’t vote much after. His voting history is rather spotty in the early years (and even the middle years), as is his political history, but I’m not sure it would matter. If he ever came to the party of Reagan it was a one night stand because by 1990 he abruptly left all those principles he would like us to believe he still carries with him for the party of Kennedy, Kerry, Gore, and Clinton and stayed there a while.
By 1998 he had been immersed in the liberal water long enough to become a betting man, putting his money where his ideology was, actually donating money to Massachusetts liberal Scott Harshbarger. This is important because most regular people who think they know what they believe do not usually donate to candidates, yet our “Reagan Conservative”–man of small government and low taxes–made four separate donations to a liberal democrat candidate who was diametrically opposite to anything Reagan ever believed; once in January 1998, again in late May, one in early September and again in late September of 1998. So he not only supported him in the primary, he did so in the general as well. So are we now to believe that at this point in his life he came to the party of….Ronald Reagan Jr?
If so what happened between September 1998 and April of 1999 when he broke out the checkbook for a RINO republican and then the Republican National Committee? Did he see democrat Massachusetts democrat Tony DiFruscia leave to become a liberal NH RINO Republican and think, that’s the life for me?
Or was he suddenly “tired and fed up with what was going on in Washington DC” with Clinton’s philandering and the succession of scandals that had wracked then President Clinton and the party he had just invested in?
We can only speculate.
One thing we do know, Mr. Mahoney has a confusing history full of liberal affiliations and gaping contradictions. He has flip flopped parties, and observed the demise of the Republican party in New Hampshire. And his current advocates–or maybe a better term is connected insiders and hatchet men, are the failed NH GOP chairman Fergus Cullen who fiddled along side Mahoney while the State and National GOP burned beneath them, and failed moderate “Main Street” (Not of the party of Reagan) republican Jeb Bradley who had such a hard time with his FEC forms he actually got fined thousands of dollars for screwing them up. (Just like Mahoney)
These are convincing advocates if you are running away from Reagan. But then, I think we can see that Sean Mahoney was never actually with Reagan to begin with.
Cross Posted at Granite Grok
Disclosure: Granite Grok has endorsed candidate Frank Guinta for NH-01