Support for Rep. Chase from Granite State Progress

Zandra Rice Hawkins  on the dust up regarding Rep Chase’s Comment regarding the Free State Movement in NH and the failed attempt at censure for those comments.

“Representative Chase has every right to shine a bright light on the extreme and misleading tactics of the Free State Project. The ultra-extreme Free State Project’s stated purpose is to move to New Hampshire, run for political office and take over state government. 2 Free Staters believe they should have the ‘freedom’ for women to walk by middle school students topless or to resist arrest if they disagree with the charge. The Keene area, which Rep. Chase representatives, has had a particularly long and difficult history with Free Staters moving there to disrupt the New Hampshire way of life. Let’s be clear: these individuals don’t move to New Hampshire because they like our state, they move here because the Free State Project voted on which state to move to and take over, and New Hampshire was the unhappy recipient of that vote.”

Full press release after the jump.

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Media Contact

Zandra Rice Hawkins, (603) 892-2150 

Rep. Chase Was Right to Expose Intent of Free State Project in New Hampshire

Granite State Progress – and NH House — stand by Rep. Cynthia Chase during today’s vote

 (Concord, NH) Members of the Free State Project have failed in an attempt to “censure and impeach” State Representative Cynthia Chase (D-Keene) over remarks she made about the extreme political organization. Rep. George Lambert (R-Litchfield) – who once inquired about how to become a “Board Member” of the Free State Project.– made the failing motion. Speaker Terie Norelli ruled the motion out of order and the House at-large agreed by a roll-call vote of 276-77.

Statement from Granite State Progress Executive Director Zandra Rice Hawkins:

“Representative Chase has every right to shine a bright light on the extreme and misleading tactics of the Free State Project. The ultra-extreme Free State Project’s stated purpose is to move to New Hampshire, run for political office and take over state government. 2 Free Staters believe they should have the ‘freedom’ for women to walk by middle school students topless or to resist arrest if they disagree with the charge. The Keene area, which Rep. Chase representatives, has had a particularly long and difficult history with Free Staters moving there to disrupt the New Hampshire way of life. Let’s be clear: these individuals don’t move to New Hampshire because they like our state, they move here because the Free State Project voted on which state to move to and take over, and New Hampshire was the unhappy recipient of that vote.”

The impeachment petition gathered only 120 signatures and featured signatures from as far afield as Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Phoenix, AZ., and Morehead City, NC.

1.  http://freestateproject.org/content/2011-9-26-board-directors-meeting-minutes

2. “Once we’ve taken over the state government, we can slash state and local budgets, which make up a sizeable proportion of the tax and regulatory burden we face every day. Furthermore, we can eliminate substantial federal interference by refusing to take highway funds and the strings attached to them. Once we’ve accomplished these things, we can bargain with the national government over reducing the role of the national government in our state. We can use the threat of secession as leverage to do this.” Announcement:
The Free State Project By Founder Jason Sorens

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4 Responses to Support for Rep. Chase from Granite State Progress

  1. Chris Blodgett January 31, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Gladly tweeted this posting. More people need to know about the ‘Free State Project’ and what they have attempted to do. It’s time we started seeing real push back, and Zandra and GSP are the right people to start it up!

  2. Rep. Jim Splaine January 31, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    The so-called “Free Staters” and the right-wingers are showing us how much they don’t like America and Americans. Kind of a shame, really. They could put their energies to such more productive purpose, but their selfish and self-centered mindsets won’t let them.

    Courage comes in many ways, and political courage is standing up when you think you’re right, and confronting those who would do wrong, face-to-face. We saw such courage by former Rep. Mike Brunelle two years ago when the Republican right-wingers (and other Republicans who should have known better) tried to go after him. He faced them down. They lost.

    Cynthia Chase has become another excellent example of a person who has shown tremendous courage, saying what she believes, and standing up to those who would rather smash her down. They’ve lost.

    Both are my heroes in the way they have faced their challenges. Another hero of mine who also showed great courage and spirit, Doris ‘Granny D.’ Haddock, often would say, “Democracy isn’t something we have, it’s something we do.”

    • tchair January 31, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

      Maybe we should refer the freepers to the Citadel project in Idaho….check out that bunch….whew !

  3. PeadarS February 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    On Tuesday, I said that the Free Staters who were hounding Cyndi Chase could pound sand. Over on Twitter, hillarity ensued…

    AsSassiN (‏@RebelmomKaye)
    @CitizenSullivan your that child she forgot to abort….Well that’s if she isn’t a he! Some one hide the forks, these too need food control!

    Chef Killer Eddie ‏(@ecrow10673)
    @CitizenSullivan And you BOTH are pieces of shit!!!

    He’s Spartacus ‏(@hesspartacus)
    @CitizenSullivan A question that even a state extortionist like you should hoist in: just what terrifies you so about liberty? Oh….wait…

    Burnman ‏(@Burnman)
    @CitizenSullivan Pound sand? I think they’ll spend their time doing more important work. Like voting traitors out of office.

    Cody Lewis ‏(@codylewis89)
    @CitizenSullivan @FreeStateNH astounding that people can be openly anti freedom and get elected to any kind of office.

    DJ Fadi Malkosh ‏(@fadimalkosh)
    @CitizenSullivan calling your constitutions crackpots? Free-staters just fighting for liberty. Go FUCK yourself congressman #freestate #FSP

    Chris Silk (‏@ChristopherSilk)
    @CitizenSullivan you sir are a cancer tumor that NH needs to get rid of. All democrats are terrorist!

    No word yet on whether they plan to send me flowers.

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