April 19th, 2010
02:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Ex-RNC member knocks Republicans in launching House bid

Sean Mahoney resigned from the RNC in protest last month and is launching a bid for Congress in New Hampshire.
Sean Mahoney resigned from the RNC in protest last month and is launching a bid for Congress in New Hampshire.

(CNN) - The former Republican National Committee member who resigned his post in protest after a high-profile spending scandal is embarking on a run for Congress in New Hampshire – and he's attacking his own party in the process.

Though his entry into the race against Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter was expected, Portsmouth businessman Sean Mahoney officially joined the crowded GOP field on Monday with a Web video attacking not just Shea-Porter, but also the Republican Party that he claims "abandoned" him.

Mahoney, who resigned from the RNC earlier this month, is seen in the video giving a speech to Granite State Republicans.

"I'm not here to just cast aspersions on the Democrats," he says in the video, "because quite frankly, I'm a member of the Republican Party. But the Republicans are just as to blame for some of the mess we're in right now. Over the last 10 years, my Republican Party abandoned me as a conservative."

In a letter to RNC Chairman Michael Steele on April 6, Mahoney stepped down as one New Hampshire's three national committee members and blasted the party for demonstrating "a complete lack of respect for RNC donors" by spending money on private planes, car services and "high-priced junkets."

The RNC has succumbed to "the out-of-touch, free-spending culture of Washington," he said in the letter, sent to Steele after it was revealed the committee funded an outing at a sex-themed Hollywood night club.

Three Republicans are already gunning to unseat Shea-Porter: Frank Guinta, Rich Ashooh and Bob Bestani.


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soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Terry from West Texas

    Are you people falling for this old trick yet another time? In my Standard Book of Conservative Lies, this is number 18:

    "Born Again Conservatism: The Republican Party has fallen away from the Truth of Conservatism. I know that I endorsed Reagan, Bush, and Bush for election and re-election. I know that those three presidents went on an orgy of spending and added $8.5 TRILLION to the national debt. I know because I voted for every one of those budgets.

    "I know that the Conservative president that I endorsed twice accidentally invaded the wrong country and is responsible for the deaths of thousands of US soldiers. I know because I voted to send those soldiers to Iraq.

    "I know that Conservative presidents wrecked our economy and caused this recession. I voted to deregulate global corporations so they could do this to us. I voted against antitrust legislation that would have prevented corporations from becoming too big to fail.
    "BUT, now the scales have fallen from my eyes and like St. Paul I see the way and the truth. I see Barry Goldwater, Adam Smith, and Ron Paul standing before me, beckoning, saying 'Follow us back to TRUE CONSERVATISM."

    "I have seen the light and my feet are now on the true path."

    We hear the same hogwash after every Conservative disaster, and Conservative voters march to the polls like good soldiers and vote once again for the Republican incumbent who endorsed, voted for, and cooperated with every disastrous policy.

    How many times are are Conservative voters going to fall for the same old crap?

    Fool me once, shame on you.
    Fool me twice, shame on me.
    Fool me a hundred times over fifty years, and I must be a Republican voter.

    April 19, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Stan

    It is imperative to read carefully what these Republicans say. It is even more important to remember what they have done to our economy and our image as a great country. Remember the Bush-Cheney era, and use your mind. What are the Republicans doing to get us out of the mess they made? Blaming the new administration and not working to solve anything is what they are doing. Think people! Think!

    April 19, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Barbara in AZ

    The Republican Party have abandoned me too. I still consider myself a conservative but do not see any representation for me now. I respect President Obama but there are no Democrats I would vote for, no Republicans to vote for, I'm not sure what I will do.

    April 19, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. sharon

    DEM's just step back and watch the sharks feed on themselves.

    April 19, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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