Chris Christie is coming back to New Hampshire. The event is called “Home Run to Victory 2014″ and is scheduled for July 31 at 6pm. Naturally the state Republican party put together a host committee. There are plenty of prominent New Hampshire Republicans on the Host committee.
“…U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, former Gov. John H. Sununu, former Ambassador Joseph and Augusta Petrone, Republican National Committeeman Steve Duprey, Joanne Devine, Dan Donovan, Michael Boyle, Beverly Bruce, Bill Greiner, Jim Merrill, Brian Mikol and Richard Pease.”
Bill Greiner? Bill Greiner writes big checks to New Hampshire Republicans and back in 2012* he was also a co-Chair for “Republicans for Nyquist.”
“Nyquist,” is Lee Nyquist, the Democrat challenger to Republican State Senator Andy Sandborn.
Yes, a Republican on the host committee for the upcoming Christie event endorsed a Democrat for State Senate in the last election. And had Lee Nyquist won that race he could have given Democrats the leverage to claim a State Senate majority to go with the NH House Majority and Democrat governor the left pried out of the electorate that year.
Things are bad enough with the Republicans we have. A Democrat majority Senate would have lead to even darker days in the Granite State.
That did not happen but Grenier’s Democrat endorsement is very real. Here is the Nyquist presser on Greiner and other so-called New Hampshire Republicans who supported his Democrat campaign that cycle.
(New Boston) – The Lee Nyquist campaign announced the co-chairs of the Republicans for Nyquist group, representing dozens of registered Republicans in the district and around the state. The co-chairs are David Bailey, former Bedford police chief; Jayne Spaulding, former Bedford state representative who topped the ticket in 2006 and 2008; Bill Greiner, Bedford business leader and philanthropist; Willard Dodge, life-time New Boston community leader and volunteer; and Roger Noonan, owner of Middle Branch farm in New Boston.
Jayne Spaulding said, “I’m proud to be a co-chair of Republicans for Nyquist because I know that Lee understands Bedford and will represent the type of Yankee values we cherish: keeping our taxes low and opposing a sales or income tax, valuing public education, and preserving the best of our local communities.”
So Bill Greiner supports Democrats and is on the host Committee for the upcoming Chris Christie event. That is interesting. It is also interesting because Lee Nyquist’s campaign manager for 2012 was Democrat Kevin Hodges.
Kevin Hodges is the guy who, when someone asked how Democrats could beat Republicans in 2012, said they could”Beat Republicans with a bat.”
(Then candidate and current Democrat Governor Maggie Hassan agreed with Hodges, to the laughter of a room full of Democrats.)
Welcome to inside baseball on what the NH GOP establishment will let pass for Republican in New Hampshire.
The event is being held at ball park, by the way. They will have plenty of bats on hand. Someone should probably keep Bill Greiner away from those, just in case.
*Greiner is an odds on favorite to endorse the Democrat, Nyquist, again in his 2014 rematch against Sanborn.
Modified from the original posted at GraniteGrok.com