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. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    I wish more Republicans would admit they have a problem. Maybe it should go like this...
    I'm a republican and I have a spending problem, I'm guilty of creating large amounts of debt and the size of Government and have allowed individual liberty to be put at risk because of my inability to stop spending.

    April 19, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. ran

    I see more true Democrats and Independents win in 2010 because more and more people are realizing the fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans are not the answer.

    More Republicans are either going to turn Independent or leave and start a 3rd party. The current Republican leadership is just too far right to get enough votes to win most seats come 2010 and unless they change 2012 as well.

    April 19, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. Bob Ramos

    Mahoney is 1000% right. Although I am a firm Democrat, I have to concede that both parties in Congress have failed the American people

    The cure is term limits. But the only way I can see that happening is if we grandfather the incumbents. That way, term limits will not affect them. This could start with new members elected in 2012 but most certainly in 2012. That way, we could get new blood in there.

    April 19, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Mahoney can't lead or follow and the Republicans will get him out of the way.

    April 19, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Truth be told

    Say it ain't so Sean. A Repugnant finally admitting the GOP contributed to the mess we are in. Listening to Tea Partiers making noise you would think the Democrats created all the mess we are in today. But notice he didn't quite admit to the mismanagement of the economy instead he claims the Repugnant Party abandoned him as a Conservative – whatever that means. None of these Tea Party dummies ever raised their voices when Bush was spending the country into bankruptcy. We went from surplus to deficits in no time flat and now they are mad about how someone is cleaning up their mess. Way to go The Repugnant Party!

    April 19, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. wiliam

    I glad to see one gop being a a proud american and telling the truth about his party.maybe the tea party ,sara palin,mitch mcconells etc. need to stop playing politics which the gop is playing.

    April 19, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. Shelly

    Finally, someone from GOP standing up to the TRUTH! The Republican Party has done NOTHING since President Obama's election, other then spew lies and spread fear!

    April 19, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. Mike Smith

    It's refreshing to see a Republican admit that the last ten years were less than successful. Now, if the Tea Party Movement could just turn back the clock eight years, they might have had some impact on Junior Bush the Big Spender.

    April 19, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Dano

    The current batch of GOP Congressmen are as corrupt as they come.

    April 19, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Coherent1

    And the opportunistic feast upon one another begins. They will devour one another to the bones yelping "you've abandoned the conservative spirit!" Phonies.

    April 19, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. KLS

    Finally a Republican who isn't afraid to tell the truth!!!

    "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."

    April 19, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Scott

    Well that's one Republican who's decided to speak the truth. Lot's more to go. It seems everything the new Republicans, the Teabaggers hate is completely embodied in past Republican Administrations. Don't like huge debt? Should have thought about that when Bush was starting two wars and giving tax cuts, running up our current astronomical debt. Don't like giving up our nukes? Should have let Ronald Reagan know that when he told gave his speech saying he wanted to eliminate our nuclear stockpile. Don't like that tax rates are the lowest in decades? Should have, oh wait, I have to blame that one on Obama.

    April 19, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Pam Eugene,OR

    Amazing! A Republican who can admit the GOP got it wrong. I might be tempted to vote for this guy!
    Most Republicans want us to forget the last ten years as Limbaugh and Hannity go on and on about Regan. You would think according to them that the Bush years never happened.

    April 19, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. mtheumer

    Something about "Cake" and "Eating it too" is in here somewhere, I just know it.

    April 19, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. Ben in Texas

    Finally, a Republican who acknowledges, at least obliquely, that the GOP has screwed up big-time. GOP screw ups and corruption reach a lot further back than 10 years, but I'll give Mahoney credit for at least not pretending that the Bush administration was okay.

    We all know that both parties have made a mess of government, it's just that almost all Repugnants in government are loathe to admit it. If they were in therapy, where they belong (or, in the case of Bush/Cheney, in jail) they would understand that admitting error is the first step toward recovery. Many of us will never consider voting for a Republican until the sins of the past are acknowledged and paid for.

    April 19, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. Bob of Lompoc

    Of the whole herd of RightWingNut Republicans, this is one who appears to have a little sense – a little.

    April 19, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Jim

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

    ASPERSION: a false or misleading charge meant to harm someone's reputation (straight from merriam-webster)

    Nice speech. He admits he is slandering BOTH major political parties. How refreshing.

    April 19, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Earl

    Could there really be a Republican that can actually speak the truth??? That over the past 10 years the republicans have put our national debt at the point it is today? I actually have some respect for Mr. Mahoney. Let's hope that the rest of them can see the light and these Tea Party nuts can see the truth as well.

    April 19, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Moderate

    I hear the sound of millions of termites munching away at themselves!

    Munch, munch, munch

    April 19, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. TCM

    I love how CNN takes any little scrap or snippet, "...Ex-RNC member BLASTS GOP...." and tries to make something of nothing; all with the favor of Obama and the liberal democrats in mind. Nothing could be more screwed, up or is bent on screwing up the country than the Democratic party and the far left liberal loons....

    April 19, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. Brian - Seattle

    Watch how the GOP rips this guy apart for not toeing the firm line of party before anything else.

    April 19, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. EBergstrom

    Watch this be the tone of the next round of elections – and necessary for those who want to be elected. Let's see if incumbents can pull it off, too.

    April 19, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. Willy Brown

    A new democrat now scandal proven

    April 19, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. lance corporal

    he's right republicans are NOT conservative, they ARE corporate, the republican party is using you, leave it

    April 19, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. sharon

    you tell the gop " grand OLD party.

    April 19, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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