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

Ex-RNC member knocks Republicans in launching House bid

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/05/art.rnc.gi.jpg caption ="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.

Filed under: 2010 • New Hampshire • RNC • Sean Mahoney
soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Republicans Morons of the World

    Should not be a big surprise that an insider knows where all the garbage in the RNC lies. What is more troubling is the garbage he knows about but is not telling because it is not in his best interests. Dollars to donuts that garbage makes this garbage he made public look like a mole hill compared to a mountain, after all if there are behind the back dealings and lies the Republicans can be counted upon to be in the very midst and responsible for 99% of all the scum.

    April 19, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. patricia c

    The Republican Party is the reason we are werewe are today.Under Bush Cox was made head of the SEC and Cox Carried a Crooked baggage with him and did nothing to reign in Wall Street and Bush himself said ,that under him more Americans will be able to own homes with new and creative financing . Well hello bankruptcy! hello profiteering off the American people !

    April 19, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I love watching republicans eat their own. This is a good opportunity for the DNC to make an ad regarding the RNC's misuse of donor contributions and fiscal irresponsibility.

    April 19, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. Josh

    These idiots can't come together with each other, how in hell can we depend on them to get us out of this economic situation that we are facing today. The only people who I see that are putting forth any efforts to help us are democrats. Please let us keep them in office and ignore these idiots and let them devour themselves.

    April 19, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  5. Ethan

    The GOP is in free-fall despite recent polls. The Dems saved the economy with not a single Republican vote. Now the GOP is a Wall Street protectorate, using Frank Luntz focus group talking pts to defend Goldman Sachs. WHAT IS CONSERVATIVE ABOUT THAT? NOTHING. We have to STOP electing the GOP even in deep red states and counties and replace them with Dems.

    April 19, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  6. James H.

    "I'm not here just to cast aspersions on the Democrats.."

    And in that statement lies the problem. I'm not here to talk about the issues and my ideas for solving them, I just want to rag on people. No vote for you!

    April 19, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The Republican Party, hijacked by those self-righteous, bible-thumping, twits, the neo-cons, abandoned a lot of people.

    And now, said twits have a choice: They can keep on divisively thumping their bibles, thereby giving the November elections to the Democrats, or they can go back to being honest conservatives, start actually meaning it when they say they're for small government, fiscal restraint, and respect for the rights of individuals, and thereby possibly save the US from Democrat-induced bankruptcy.

    April 19, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  8. Mark Ferbet, KCMO

    This isn't a surprise. The Republican Party lost the trust of the people. They were in power from 1994 – 2006 with a Republican President for six of those years and all they did was spend, spend, spend.
    But many of those same Republicans want to paint the Democrats as the party that is irresponsible fiscally.
    After all those years, your own conservatives are jumping ship, so, I think the GOP is a dying party.
    Each conservative that jumps ship and runs against it's former party under a different party or independently is guaranteeing a Democrat win in each and every one of those elections.
    Thank you.

    April 19, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Well, that is true, but...

    The GOP did abandond conservatives over the last 10 years, and show no signs of going back. However, if elected, this guy will still caucus with those who abandonded him. It is a lose-lose to vote him in.

    He'll get nothing changed from within the party, and the party remains neo-con focused. The seeds of neocon have blossomed and the leaves are tea leaves.

    April 19, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. K. in Miami

    And what will Mr. Limbaugh, Fox news and The Female Rush Limbaugh say about this......?

    We all know who the Female Rush Limbaugh is, it's that dispicable person from Alaska, I'm sure we're gonna be irritated by her in some form or fashion regarding this revelation....

    April 19, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. once upon a horse

    the truth will set you free....but if you're a Republican and tell the truth it gets you called a RINO and you wind up on Limbaugh's "pooh-pooh" list. Get with the program man don't you know EVERYTHING that happened the past 10 years is Obama's fault?

    April 19, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. confounded in USA

    Governance over the last 10 - no - 30 years indicates just how poisonous open-ended office positions are. It's time to stop lobbyists from all sides from being the only voice heard. Once upon a time, it was supposed to be the voter, but no more. When a career can be made of being elected to the same office for 'public service', representation and accountability are the first victims. We, the People, are the second.

    Term limits - no matter the elected office, there should be limits. Without it, only money does the talking. And representative democracy dies.

    April 19, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. rosslaw

    Hey, he should look at the"glass half full" aspect of the boys night out in that there were no small children involved. That's a huge step forward for the Repubs.

    April 19, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  14. Steve in Denver

    I certainly respect your ethics, Mr. Mahoney. However, I'd quibble with your idea that the R's "succumbed" to the culture. Your party was IN CHARGE in the biggest free spending period in our history. You know, the one where a $250 billion surplus was turned into a $450 billion deficit in two short years.

    Your party built the culture. Two wars, tax cuts for the wealthy, and the biggest expansion of the federal government since the "great society" days, all on the nation's credit card.

    However, if you got some like minded individuals in Colorado to run, I'd love to consider voting for them. Clinton and the '92 congress's austerity aside, my party isn't much better at paying their bills.

    April 19, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. Randall in Torrance, CA

    Nobody with brains, intelligence and logic cares what Republicans say or do. They are a bunch of hack losers and hate the sick, poor, and downtrodden – you know, the very people whom Jesus preached to and died for and were his closest friends.

    April 19, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  16. Sgt. USMC

    What a bunch of idiots. Move to the side and have your love spat somewhere's else, there's real work that needs to be done. Not some bickering over your drama queen actions. DIVA.

    April 19, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. GI Joe

    Lordy lordy lordy - get them republicans on down to SC for some purification!!

    And a sheet, hood, burning cross kit, etc.

    April 19, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. JohnRJ08

    The Republican Party is now feeding on its own kind.

    April 19, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. Brink

    Great strategy.

    April 19, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. Chris from San Antonio

    Republicans are JUST AS TO BLAME??!! Was he under a rock when the Republican-controlled White House and Congress took a record budget surplus and twisted it into a record budget deficit? How about when we attacked a soveriegn nation, SPENDING 1 TRILLION DOLLARS at the same time we were cutting taxes?

    Vote Republican. Vote for lies.

    April 19, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. DJ in TX

    While I disagree with GOP policies, at least this guy admits the GOP also has/had a spending problem as well. This is why I don't understand how the Tea Party was not out in full force back during the Bush years. They were on a spending spree like no other prior to them including Democratic Presidents. That's why I question how the GOP would be good stewards of our tax dollars now. Personally, only a few I believe would be good stewards. While I don't necessarily agree with Ron Paul, he bucks not only the Democrats, but the GOP as well. He really should be an independent.

    April 19, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  22. jim

    " ... 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."

    actually, I think the republican party has been MOSTLY to blame. and they've abandoned, not just conservatives ... they've abandoned everyone. i'm still waiting for them to start being part of the solution and stop being part of the problem.

    April 19, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  23. tj

    I am indep. If anyone vote for republican then you are supid. We are paying rep to say no. This must be a great job to have. There is no way in our job, that if we don't agree with our boss and say no and still get paid. American needs to start thinking with our head not our heart.

    April 19, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  24. jeremy.....Dallas...Texas

    Unreliable republican party. They speak good but do the opposite. This is the era of transparency and everything is factual scrutinized. Lies and lies will not help poor GoP.

    April 19, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. Minnesotan

    I just love watching the pernicious 'thugs turn on each other. I'd rather have them backstabbing each other instead of America.

    April 19, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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