During this weekend’s NHGOP convention, Garcia pulled the state Republican Party further to the right and pushed discriminatory policies that would allow the government to invade the personal lives of Granite State residents
Concord, NH – This weekend, the New Hampshire Republican Party (NHGOP) took a sharp turn to the right by incorporating Tea Party candidate Marilinda Garcia’s policies into the state Party platform. The Party voted to outlaw abortion with no exceptions and denounce marriage equality, two of Garcia’s trademark stances.
Despite the fact that the vast majority of Granite State voters – including many Republicans – believe that women, not the government, should be allowed to make their own health care decisions, the NHGOP revised its party platform to align its views with that of Koch Brothers-backed candidate Marilinda Garcia, taking a page straight out of her Tea Party playbook. Using the same language that was posted on Garcia’s 2012 website, the NHGOP incorporated into its platform a new stance that explicitly prohibits abortion in all cases under the Constitution, in order to “protect the pre-born child’s fundamental right to life and personhood under the Fourteenth Amendment.”
Furthermore, the Party voted to keep discriminatory language in its platform that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Marilinda Garcia strongly opposes marriage equality, and demonstrates a clear lack of concern for the Granite State’s tradition of keeping the government out of the private lives of its citizens.
“I’m very concerned by the New Hampshire Republican Party’s clear move to embrace my opponent’s extreme Tea Party policies, policies that would hurt Granite State women, allow the government to intrude on our personal lives, and are frankly discriminatory against large swaths of American citizens,” said Congresswoman Annie Kuster. “Voters in the Granite State are not asking for too much. They want a decent job, they want access to education for their children, and they want to retire with dignity. These are the priorities we should be fighting for, not working to peel away rights and spout hateful policies that go against our Granite State values and independent spirit – and that give the government the right to dictate how we conduct our own personal, private lives.”
Congresswoman Kuster represents New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District, and is up for reelection this fall. Her Republican opponent is a Tea Party candidate who supports extreme Tea Party positions that would allow the government to infringe on every Granite Stater’s right to conduct his or her personal life in private, without government influence.