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. abdirahman

    Wat a lies with out been ashemed.gop must all be voted out in the midterm -election.Let meconnel tell gop failures ,2001to 2008.The so called tea party are disgrunteld GOPS.Unite America for the futre with president and Democrats to clean the mess caused bye the party of NO,obstractersand agents of wall streets.pass this to DNC.

    April 19, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Ron

    The GOP can't be trusted!

    April 19, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. Barry In Las Vegas

    You've got to be kidding some ex RNC guy says Republicans are to blame as well for the mess we're in is your top policical story. There is a lot more going on of importance in the political world than that.

    CNN is pathetic. It's no wonder you guys are tanking.

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

    It is about time a member of the GOP calls out his own party, they are just as bad as the Democrats.

    April 19, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. Robert

    i applaud this guy to come forward and finally accept that the mess is thanks to republicans

    April 19, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. buckhippo

    It's like a wild feeding frenzy, when a wounded animal (ie Republicans) feel like they can attack their own, it usually means the herd is in trouble.

    April 19, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. MikeW

    "the Republicans are just as to blame for some of the mess we're in right now"?!?!

    First of all, someone running for public office should first know how to speak proper English.

    Second, and more importantly, "JUST AS TO BLAME"???? Bush-Cheney, their gang of thieves, and their enablers for 8 years in Congress are TOTALLY to blame for the conditions we are in now! It was the Republicans that threw regulation out the window! It was Republicans who took the largest surplus ever when Bush took office and cut taxes for themselves and their uber-wealthy buddies without cutting one iota of spending that created this huge deficit we are in now! It was Republicans who ran roughshod over the Consitution for 8 years! HOW DARE THEY BLAME ANYONE BUT THEMSELVES FOR PRETTY MUCH DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY!


    April 19, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. Kate

    Finally, a republican that has the guts and character to stand up.

    April 19, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Michael I Minnesota

    While I apluad that he laid blame on the GOP as well as Dems it will come down to Dem is Bad – refound GOP good Blah Blah Blah

    April 19, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Kevin Cantu

    I'll give credit where credit is due...Sean Mahoney I respect you Sir! You and Sen. Santorum are the only conservatives who have called out the Republican party for it's part in our economic mess. I might not agree with you on the social issues but at least you called it as you seen it. Your probably only handful of Conservatives who have done the same. It's just too bad that by doing so you'll probably get black balled by the party you said abandoned you. No worries, there is always the Tea Party movement to fall back on and no matter how hard Republicans try to relate to that movement, they never will. Good Luck to you Sir!

    April 19, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. ray

    at least some of the truth will set you free, i hope cantor and mitch read this . lies, lies, lies thats all the party of NO can do and say. these people should all be round up and sent to irsq and never be seen again.

    April 19, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Michael from Ventura

    Great to see a republican stand on principle- I'm sure they'll crucify him for it though.

    April 19, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. rita

    Disgruntled employees always wait until they have been fired or layed-off to voice wrongdoings by their employer. They didn't see a thing for the full time they were employed there, but suddenly after their demise, things seem crystal clear in their minds and they begin to see clearer shades of right and wrong. How convenient. This guy would make a perfect politician.

    April 19, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. Rick

    It can't be that both Reps. and Dems. are to blame. All of the blame belongs 100% to one party or the other. Guess he never reads message boards or listens to AM radio.

    April 19, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Frank

    This is because the republican party has abandoned their conservative principles a long time ago. This was during the "contract with America". We need to return to Barry Goldwater conservatism. Smaller govt, less taxes, personal responsibilities and freedom. I guess that sounds more like libertarianism. Well, as Ronald Reagan once said, libertarianism is the heart of conservatism.

    April 19, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. Al - Northern Virginia

    Boy, the republicans are really riding this conservative bandwagon like it is going to bring them to victory this Fall. What they are forgetting is that when SOME hear the words conservative, they think of a male member of the majority in this country, exclusionary, supporters of the high and mighty – not the common and lowly, and the tea party movement that is full of questionable individuals. I am not sure I want to run on that platform for a statewide race and definitely a national race.

    As it was pointed out by a political analyst yesterday, the tea party crowds draw less people then an ASCPA event would. This is really not a movement, not like the Organizing for America movement that launched the President into office. They are trying but their crazy, exclusive antics and comments are pushing people with common sense away.

    April 19, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Grahame Rhodes

    Just love all the infighting. Look at Obamas point surge in Florida and you can feel what's going to happen at the end of the year. I predict Whipeout. With any luck No more Republicans.

    April 19, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. Charles W. Skinner

    Mr. Mahoney has a point. The Republicans DID abandon the Conservatives in their party. That is, in large part, why the Republicans got their clock cleaned in the 2006 and 2008 election cycles. Conservatives decided to sit on the sidelines to punish the Republicans for tolerating RINOs in the party.

    BUT that clock cleaning has led to where we are today. Conservatives have finally seen how utterly bad it can get with Democrat control of Congress. The Conservative movement has finally been roused from its slumber, and will retake the House in the November Elections, and will make a big push toward the Senate. Then we shall see exactly what the administration REALLY thinks of the "compromise" they've been demanding for so many months when the administration isn't in a position to just shove policy down the throat of the American people.

    April 19, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Phillip

    It's not that the Republicans are conservative. It's that they've become too conservative–radical. And obstructionist. This intolerance for differing points of view denies the fact that the US is now more diverse politically and socially. They need and will get a reality check just like the dinosaurs did.

    April 19, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. Russ

    This guy is absolutely right. If you try to buck the Grand Old Party Southern Republicans as they try to grab their power and money, you will get thrown under the bus. It's not about the people they represent. It's all about themselves, power and money once they get in office.

    April 19, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Tristan

    "Republicans are just as to blame for some of the mess we're in right now." Now there's an understatement. Ever since Reagan figured out the road to re-election was paved with borrowed money, the Republicans have been on a bender to wipe out any chance of prosperity for future generations. Seems to me Clinton is the only post-Reagan president to be fiscally conservative.

    April 19, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  22. Bonnie

    I am a democrat,but, I give this gentleman credit for what he did by resigning and for his comments on the republican party. It is time to stop acting like hypocrits and frankly people I wouldn't let my children be around. these are to be people of example ,this is the United states of America, where every day men and women give and have given their lives in many wars so we can be free . And this is the kind of acting we get from men in our 2 party system . I have never been so embarrassed in all of my life to be an American as I have been in recent years in our political parties. The Repubican Party has certainly outdone itself in every way . they cannot accept they lost the election, not only did they lose, they lost to a black man and they cannot believe it.Believe it , accept it, move on. Never have grown men act like small children.

    April 19, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Jube

    I knew they'd all start pointing fingers at each other. Repubs.... geez... rats rattin' out the rats.

    April 19, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. Ferret out the BS

    Unfortunately for his honesty he will be probably shunned to the dungheap of history relegated to politicians that have a conscience.

    April 19, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. Gary from Madison, WI

    If this guy ran as a Conservative Party candidate, I'd vote for him (and I'm a liberal). He is correct on this issue: both the Dems & the GOP are out of touch.

    April 19, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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