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. Chanel

    He is playing to the Tea Party Conservatives. He wasn't singing this tune a year ago.

    April 19, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. Dave

    I always wonder why they don't leave before they put us 11 trillion in debt. Why didn't they ever stop Bush or question his programs. They block everything for Obama, even the good stuff like bank reform so we don't have to bail out the banks again.

    April 19, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Jerry - Florida

    Hey Mr. Big Idiot (Mahoney), don't you realize you are giving the Donkeys just what they are looking for? Are you sure you are a true Republican? If you are going to act the way you are acting towards the Republican Party, they should have abandoned you a long, long time ago.

    April 19, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. A. Goodwin

    Sean Mahoney is why so many ignorant republican's in this state follow the party line. NH has increasingly become a blue state – why on EARTH would we want someone touting a MORE conservative party line? We need peole who are progressive here...who are not willing to be afraid to do the job we sent them to do. The only thing Sean Mahoney is afraid of is going down with the Titanic (RNC) since everyone know's the RNC is completely missmanaged.

    April 19, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. RTB

    Mahoney has made a good point. The Republican machine is way out of touch with what is good for the mainstream American citizen.

    Problem is Mahoney subscribes to a political philosophy that encourages this selfish and questionable ethical behavior.

    April 19, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. walleye

    GOP not only abandoning their own, but the American people. All they think about is themselves and how to line the pockets of their special interest groups. Get rid of them all in November for a better America.

    April 19, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Angie in PA

    Wow this is fun watching them eating eachother alive. Moderate republicans you need to unite or come over to the Dem party dont let the raving lunatic Right wing extermist take over!

    April 19, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. toughlove

    It is true conservatism that the majority of our nation longs for and I appreciate mahoney's stand. This financial mess started with a Democratic Congress and fiscally liberal Bush. We enjoyed financial prosperity under Clinton because of a conservative Congress and Clinton was smart enough to move center. The ppl recognize this and we should see a shift back in Nov.

    April 19, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. The Calabash Kid

    Here we go again. We're in for another round of "born again" Conservatism. What these foks are saying is:

    "The last three Conservative administrations were a disaster. Reagan-Bush-Bush added $8.5 trillion to the national debt in an orgy of deficit spending, invaded the wrong country, killed a lot of American soldiers for no good reason, and wrecked the national economy. I know that I personally urged my fellow citizens to elect and re-elect all three of those completely incompetent presidents, but ..."

    "I was lost and now I am found. Jesus has shown me the way. I see now that that wily old Liberal Satan fooled me into believing that Reagan, Quayle, Bush, Bush, Gingrich, McConnell, Boehner, Tom Delay, Cheney, and that whole crowd were Conservatives, but they were not. They must have been (gasp!) NOT TRUE CONSERVATIVES."

    "So NOW it is time to vote for a TRUE CONSERVATIVE: me"

    April 19, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. 2PACOLYPSENOW

    The sad irony of this is that there are some good moderate republicans with good ideas, rational thinking, and care more about helping the citizens than helping their coffers. We just can't find them because they are being swallowed up by the fringe right winged nutzos and Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck. They are being pressured into their sort of sick ideology that they are now scared to even serve and do their jobs without fearing backlash. Fox News perpetuates this behavior and elevates the Tea Party unto some kind of civil rights movement that was created by some GOP operative as a ploy. It started off as a lie. Funny thing is when you inject fear and race and lies and class into a national debate without facts, a movement will start taking on a life of it's own as this has done. The real moderates and conservatives who actually use debates and actually have plans in place should be taking over the party instead of letting the Fox's, Rush's, Beck's of the world run them.

    April 19, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. B

    Most of the GOP are their own worst enemy and they don’t even know it..
    Angry old fools like McCain ...

    April 19, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Mitch Eisenman

    He's making this announcement because any publicity is better than no publicity.

    April 19, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. Shirley in California

    A house divided.....

    April 19, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. lila

    This is a case of the republicans chickens coming home to roost. Big establishment conservatives that "borrow and spend" America into a 6 trillion dollar debt like Bush are the ones that are going to get hit the hardest by the tea-party. The thing is.. right now lots of corporate owned big spending conservatives are trying to paint themselves up to look like tea-party conservatives. Granted the tea-party is a little schizophrenic in it's make- up. By no means all of them Thames Jefferson conservatives or have any real clue as to what the conservatives of our forefathers stood for. If they did then they would have never supported the Iraq war or billions we spend in nation building and being the worlds dominating military force with military bases all over the globe.
    However, it seems that enough are true conservatives and do understand what real conservatives stand for to cause a rift in the party. Corporate conservatives are desperate to remove the focus on that fact.

    April 19, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. Dave

    This is not news. This is what the Tea Party and the American Conservative Party are about.

    it is about TRUE fiscal conservatives:

    Less spending
    Less taxes
    Less government

    Most of the republican base feels the same way and that is why we are saying vote them ALL OUT.

    April 19, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Topher

    I consider myself independent but usually vote for Democrats because there are very few moderate Republicans left. This guy gets it. It's not any one party that has caused problems, it's various people in both parties.

    April 19, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Bill, Bloominton IL

    I hate to have to promote the truth here among all you kool-aid drinking democrats but William Clinton is the father of the sub-prime mortgage mess which upended our economy and put us where we are today. Drink up.

    April 19, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Jim in San Mateo

    Not surprising. Right now the GOP has as much credibility as the Catholic church, which is about as low a standard as one can be judged on.

    April 19, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. Steve

    Frank,

    What exactly do you want to cut from the Federal budget to make the government "smaller:" from military spending, roads and bridges, FAA, FCC, FDA, schools, basic scientific research, Social Security and Medicare?

    And by the way, Reagan never had a balanced under his admistration. If fact the size of government grew and deficit spending went out of control. GHW Bush had to propose raising taxes because he had no other choice, and that cost him a second term.

    April 19, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. Mike In Carolina

    Mike Brooks: Speaking of jobs going to China and blaming Obama for it, does the name Ross Perot mean anything to you? He's the presidential candidate from1998 who detailed how our jobs would be outsourced and predicted exactly what we see today. Do your home work and get over the obsession with trying to blame any and everything on Obama. This dye was cast before we ever heard of Obama.

    April 19, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Steve

    OK. Since it's NO they will cooperate with the Democrats and the President.
    What is the GOPs backkup plan and what are their intentions?
    Big Corporations and banks are filling their pockets.
    Tell the American people what your plans are if any.
    "Stay the course" I think not!!!!
    Obama is trying his hardest to repair this country and all the Republican say is NO.
    Now it's their turn with their ideas!!

    April 19, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Ken in Pisgah Forest

    Anyone want to help me resurrect the Bull Moose party? When Teddy Roosevelt became disgruntled with the direction of the Republican party, he tried to start his own. It would be nice to have a party that exemplifies his ideals. It's not too late.

    April 19, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. MrTwinCity

    Always the same – "It's somebody else's fault."

    Iraq, Afghanistan, big bailouts, Katrina, etc....

    Conservatives are all about "rights", but woefully short of responsibility. The GOP will be banished to the wilderness until they learn to accept responsibility for who they represent, and what they do when in power.

    April 19, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Silas Scarborough

    All kinds of people blasting the GOP this morning and none of them were liberals. Man, you can't buy comedy like this!

    April 19, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Find the cost of freedom

    So when the the tea bag & independents say they won't vote for the status quo, who will they vote for? The republicans-status quo 2?
    Lets see how serious the tea baggers are-if they vote out as many republicans as they do democrats this election cycle I will join their cause to revamp congress, the likelyhood of that happening is nil, since they are puppets of the Repub noise machine-Hannity/Limbaugh etc.
    I would love to see some of the ultra libs and people like M. Bachmann all be voted out BUT it ain't gonna happen.

    April 19, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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