The Chairman of the N.H. Republican Liberty Caucus, Aaron Day, won a huge victory last week by stopping a Medicaid expansion bill in New Hampshire.
Chairman Day told Benswann.com’s Joshua Cook in an exclusive interview last week that he planned to launch a campaign to put pressure on Republican state senators who were planning to vote for Medicaid expansion. His plan was to primary these senators who voted to expand Medicaid with a slate of liberty candidates and $1 Million dollars raised throughout the state.
According to Chairman Day, the Medicaid expansion would ultimately trigger an income tax in New Hampshire which is one of the few states that do not have an income tax.
“At the end of the day we won because of the grassroots efforts. One of activists took a flyer with a picture of a senator that said “RINO” (Republican in name only) and delivered it to his house. At the state house last Thursday there were 25 people with signs that said, “Medicaid expansion equals income tax.” It was remarkable,” said Day.
Chairman Day did run into trouble with the GOP establishment though.
“The president of the senate was so pissed off about our press conference that he called U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte who called the state committeeman who called the RNC to try to shut me down. They were not happy about this,” said Day.
Chairman Day like so many grassroots activist who advocate for a limited government believes that there is a battle for the soul of the Republican Party.
Apparently politics has gone beyond logic-chopping debates about fiscal policy to out right trench warfare. Those in power are resorting to tactics that would make Saul Alinsky blush.
Chairman Day said, “I had someone in my back yard in the bushes spying on my house with a camera taking pictures. This has gone out of control. They have gone to extreme intimidation tactics.”
In a bizarre turn of events Jennifer Horn, Chairman of the New Hampshire GOP made a public statement backing the Republican senate plan for Medicaid expansion.
“Our Party platform explicitly states that we will resist any effort to implement Obamacare. Chairman Horn is dead wrong. We plan to hold a special meeting with delegates to have her retract her statements or resign. That has to happen,” said Chairman Day.
Chairman Day states that his organization does not get any support from the state Party. He wants to out raise them and wants to build an organization that will have more impact.
“We have to do the functions that they are not doing,” said Chairman Day. “The reality is that the state Party here is a hindrance. They violate the platform. They have a “go along to get along” establishment mentality. They want Republicans to get elected, but they choose Party over principle. My view is that principles matter and if you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything as the saying goes.”
Chairman Day and his grassroots supporters believes that stopping the Medicaid expansion and a state income tax was a huge victory.
“The lesson here is that a small group of people at a local level can turn things around,” said Chairman Day.
Chairman Day said that he will fight even harder to limit government in 2014.