Washington, D.C. – New Hampshire’s Democrat Secretary of State, Bill Gardner, is the longest-serving Secretary of State in the country. He has served as his state’s chief election official for over 40 years, giving him unparalleled knowledge of election laws, both at the state and national level.
Gardner has been outspoken in his denunciation of the radical H.R. 1/S.1 – the Corrupt Politicians Act – which would strip states, like New Hampshire, of control over their own elections, and threaten their revered first-in-the-nation primary status. He recently told the NH Journal,
“If Congress can tell us how to vote, and that we have to let people vote early and vote late, why can’t they tell us when we can have our primary? If they can go against our constitution, they can override our First In The Nation law.”
New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan, a cosponsor of S.1, has taken issue with her state’s leading expert on election law, stating in a constituent letter:
“New Hampshire has a strong record of administering fair and free elections, one which I am proud to see continued and which this measure would not change.”
Claiming to know more than your party’s own longtime Secretary of State is a bold statement. Especially when speaking as a D.C. insider about a bill that would, without question, give more power over local elections to D.C. politicians, and less to NH officials.
Statement from NRSC Spokesman T.W. Arrighi: “Maggie Hassan is fighting a losing battle, and her poll numbers show it. By extending this ongoing fight with her state’s respected Secretary of State over an election reform bill that could cost her state its first-in-the-nation primary status, she is showing how out of touch she has become. The question now is, will Maggie Hassan defend her state’s historic role in presidential primaries or surrender it, against the will of her constituents, to curry favor with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer?”