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. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    TCM: whaaaaa–whaaaaa! Nothing like spoiled-brat [R]s coming on here showing how their panties are still so bunched up from the 2008 election that they have cutoff all the oxygen to the shriveled organs these people call brains. The [R]ight is a bunch of deluded drama queens, and this fellow Mahoney FINALLY sees it......his party is no longer the party of true conservatives....instead its full of reactionary-TCMs, the bilge of the political spectrum.

    April 19, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. Liberal and Proud in Boulder

    I have news for everyone: To be a contemporary Republican is NOT to be conservative! The contemporary Republican is a kind of political mutant–not unlike the bizarre, genetically mutated Monsanto crops Republicans often support.

    I sometimes consider that liberals have become the real conservatives in a sense. Many of us want to conserve resources for the future, conserve the environment, conserve our heritage, conserve peace, if you will, conserve a viable Democracy, conserve the best from our past while making practical adjustments in the present.

    The worship of money, corporations, power for the rich by the rich, endless warfare, all too many superficial "christian values" (neither Christian, nor values)... these are the relics of a declining empire–pure, immoral decadence.

    April 19, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. hhm

    The Republican Party abandoned you as a conservative? I figured that out 10 years ago while still in college and I never served in the Republic Party.

    April 19, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Ken in Pisgah Forest

    It's too bad the tea-partiers weren't around five years ago. The Republicans under Bush increased the size of the federal government as well as the deficit beyond what any Democrat ever thought of. Now that we have a President who believes in lower taxes for middle Americans and small business, who pushed a healthcare plan devised in the Eisenhower White House, and wants to hit Wall Street and the big banks where it hurts, we have a these TP's who want to go back to what we had under Bush. I don't understand it.

    April 19, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Wisconsonite - Instead of taking your country back, help to move your country forward.

    The Republican Party's chickens are coming home to roost, aren't they. I'd be surprised if they pick up many seats at all in the mid-term elections. The American people are becoming wise to their lies!

    April 19, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Futon Torpedo

    I don't even think the conservatives know what it means to be conservative anymore.

    April 19, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. don brennan

    i hate the gop more then alkida! there right here in the country killing it ! there god reagen started this mess! all i remember about reagen is that me and all friends lost ther good paying union jobs to go flip hambergers! for $625hr(the hillbilly morons at the gop did this for us! they turned us into a country of(HAMBERGER FLIPERS)under your god we lost all are good jobs!and to make it even better he used tax dollers so they could move out of the country!but dont worry gop there are a lot of dum hillbillys out there that have to put on talk radio to see what to think today! so you will get some votes!thats all the gop cares about! GETTING BACK POWER!

    April 19, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. haren

    It is nice and balance to say that both party to blame for this mess but actually we shoud blame only repubican because they are the one who wants Obama to fail and not negotiating any bill with honesty.

    April 19, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. gamerk316

    I find it funny: Ronald Regan would be kicked out of the modern Republican party for being "too liberal".

    April 19, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Jupiter

    What exactly is the point of this article? To slam the tea party by condescending to tolerate them? Like an appeal to flattery, and an appeal to ridicule all rolled into one.

    'The tea party is not all composed of racists, just morons. Sure the tea party has every right to protest. Lots of morons protest, but fortunately these morons are in the minority.'

    See? Martin could have saved a lot of space that way.

    April 19, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Ryan

    He's only bailing on his party because they were caught. Otherwise he'd have no problem sticking around. Typical.

    April 19, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Scott

    I gave up on the Republican Party in 2000. People need to wise up and realize over the past 20 years the Democrats where more fiscally conservative. The Republicans need to start working with the Democrats on passing Wall Street reform, a balanced budget/social security/midicare reform. All they have shown me is we can spend 2 trillion dollars on war and say "No" to everything else.

    April 19, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Pat in IL

    Those who have aggressively and blatently redefined 'Christianity' are some of the same ones who have redefined 'Republican'. It's good to hear one of the silent majority finally speaking out.

    April 19, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. concerened for America

    ...get your popcorn and raisinettes ready...this is gonna be great to watch.... a down home family fight.... what a blood bath it's gonna be... you betcha!

    April 19, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. FRANK, LAS VEGAS

    There's only thing to remember to make this country great again.

    Remember, in NOvember, vote NO to the party NO.

    April 19, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Anne P

    One of the comments struck a chord regarding jobs in India and China. I'm the first to scream about losing jobs here in the US. I worked for a company that outsourced manufacturing back in the 90's. How many of us would be willing to pay say $300-$400 for printer now that we've gotten use to paying $99? Think about it. Sadly, us US employees are expensive I guess.

    April 19, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Robert from Sicklerville,NJ

    Finally, A republican being honest! Truth be told, what is going on with both polticial parties is the reason why the tea party movement is so strong. Many American agree with the Republican in theory, but republican leadership is awfull! It's not ok to talk about deficits getting out of control ,when running for office and once elected forget about the soaring deficits and start over spending and wasting American hard earned money!! Just like Bush campaigning back in 2000 about drilling in the USA for oil but while in office for 8 years we never drilled for any oil! He got clearance to drill from congress on his way out, but gas was nearly 5 buck a gallon before Bush got out. Somebody needs to give the Republican party a good pep talk about ethics, integrity, and honesty. I am not saying that the Dems are perfect, but I think people really do want to vote Republican, but the party has lost it's way, especially with the Wall Street Financial Reforms that they are opposing; not a smart polticial move for the Gop.

    April 19, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Norm

    These guys are living in the past. Most of their supporters are dying off from old age. It's a dinosaur party. Still a few fossils around.
    Won't be too much left of it by 2012.

    April 19, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. please

    Ken April 19th, 2010 12:10 pm ET

    Being represented by the RINO’s Collins and Snow, and having cringed through the Bush free spending years, I hope the Republican Party recognizes that by trying to be “liberal light” they have earned the disrespect of their supporters. Having said that, the Democrats have certainly proven that they are the greater of two evils, and are not to be trusted with power.
    ______________________________________________________

    Is that because the Dems started to unfunded wars on lies? Is that because the Dems stripped the fourth amendment? Is that because the dems put those connected with 9/11 on a private jet out of the US? Is that because the dems stripped away habious corpus?

    Just wondering why the dems are not to be trusted with power? Oh because they are trying to clean up the mess, hmmm.

    April 19, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Most Republicans - Wrong about everything, Wrong for America (and GW Bush was the worst President ever)

    Finally. Someone talking about out of control spending and the fact that the Republicans are just as bad as the Democrats.

    April 19, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Jim

    I'm amazed that some of the comments here suggest that this guy actually has means what he says. Frankly, I don't know how anyone could possibly believe him. If you are even remotely aware of the right wing political environment, a.k.a the tea parties, you know feelings of "abandonment" are at an all time high. Any one with a ounce of political deviousness is going to capitalize on those feelings by making the same statements as Mahoney.

    Do you honestly think that this was the first time Mahoney knew the RNC was misusing money?

    Here's the bad new for the tea-partiers: the type of politicians you hate the most will the first to offer themselves up as the pure/true conservatives you want.

    April 19, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. Robert from Sicklerville,NJ

    Dear Gop a few things to you need to work on: #1 Do what you say your going to do #2 Tell the truth #3 If somebody says they are going to hurt your political foe physically, strongly condemn it ( you would want the same if it were the other way around) #4 Tell the truth #5 Don't have Sarah Palin as your Presidential Candidate. #6 If you loose any elections in the House or Senate don't be a sore loser! Man up or Woman up and give a nice concession speech! ( Unless there is blantant voter fraud from the other side Man up! and go home till the next election. I think that Norm Coleman situation was bad, I don't like Franken, but doesn't mean be a sore loser.

    April 19, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. AmerFirst

    They continue down the same path that they started in in January of 2009 – "Just say NO!' You'd think they were on drugs and were being councelled by Nancy Reagen.
    Two weeks ago McConnell and Boehner went to Wall Street and promised the fat cats that they would do everything in their power to maintain the status quo. So, guess what happens when Dodge proposes to roll out his new bill on bank regulation? McConnell gets the 41 Republican Senators to sign up AGAINST IT – even though the country uniformly wants bank reform and the recent Goldman Sachs scandal is still ringing in our ears!
    First the stimulus bill. Then Health Care Reform. And NOW Bank Reform? NO – NO – NO!
    We get it!! You don't like Obama!! But that's no reason to drag the country DOWN because of it!!
    How will we ever get anything accomplished if we don't unite against this obvious Republican obstructionism?
    Write your Senators and Representatives and tell them "ENOUGH ALREADY!" Tell them that the Republicans must get rid of PARTY FIRST politics and replace them with COUNTRY FIRST!!"
    And maybe then we can get back on the track to being a great and unified country like we once were and can surely be again!

    April 19, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. AmerFirst

    Oops - did I say Dodge? Of course I meant Dodd.
    My apologies!

    April 19, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Captian Canada

    Ok. I get it. You have no idea what happened & how this "spending spree" kept the world from the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression. Just call it recless spending. I wonder if any of you bone heads really understand what the results would have been if Obama did nothing. How about 40% unemployment. How about 10 years of negative growth.

    April 19, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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