One office, two candidates, both self-identified “pro-choice.” Welcome to New Hampshire’s 2014 election. I’m not thinking about the Senate race, though. This is about Maggie Hassan and Walt Havenstein and who’s going to be the next Governor of the Granite State.
Hassan: see “buffer zone” and “EMILY’s List.” There’s more, but that’s plenty.
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I had a chance to ask Walt Havenstein one question recently: if a repeal of the buffer zone law were to land on his desk, would he sign it? His answer was yes.
There was no time for followup questions in the situation. Would he sign a Massachusetts-style repeal-and-replace, or would he just be happy with straight repeal? A lot would depend on what passed out of the House and Senate first, I imagine. All I could take away from our one Q & A was a sense of relief and the knowledge that he hasn’t been conditioned to put the wishes of abortion providers ahead of the First Amendment.
I’m casting my vote in this race as a defensive one, as I plan to do in the Senate race, because the incumbents need to be retired. Defense feels pretty good when its success means stepping away from a law so awful that even the people who sponsored it and fought to pass it aren’t willing to demand its enforcement. Just get the wretched law off the books.