“Moultonborough Taliban”

Tuftonboro selectman Chip Albee, a registered Democrat, referred to the “Moultonborough Taliban” when speaking about Republicans in neighboring Moultonborough. Albee alleged that Democrats had been forbidden from campaigning at the Moultonborough transfer station while Republicans had been allowed to, because “the Moultonborough Taliban was working its way.” Such viewpoint discrimination would be clearly illegal and unconstitutional. However, it’s not quite on the same level as the Taliban throwing acid in little girls’ faces, cutting off people’s heads, and carrying out suicide attacks.

I have asked Moultonboro Speaks blogger, Paul Punturieri, himself a Democrat, if he knows if Moultonborough Democrats were prevented from campaigning at the Moultonborough transfer station while Republicans were allowed to. I am a Republican, but if this happened then it’s appalling. Describing political opponents as the Taliban is also appalling.

Asha Kenney

Paul told me that it’s been longstanding town policy in Moultonborough not to allow campaigning on town property. He also said that he remembered an incident in 2010 when Chip was running for re-election as Carroll County Commissioner, and being challenged by Republican Asha Kenney. Paul said that Kenney had gone to the Moultonborough transfer station one Saturday to campaign, which prompted numerous complaints to the Moultonborough board of selectmen from residents. The board either informed Kenny of the no-campaigning policy or reminded her of it (it’s not clear to me whether she knew before she went), and she didn’t return. Kenney defeated Chip in the election and served one term as commissioner.

Candidates’ Forum at Moultonborough Lions Club

Tuftonboro’s incumbent state representative Glenn Cordelli and challengers Gary Chehames (also from Tuftonboro) and Paul Puntieri (of Moultonborough) will be attending a candidates’ forum at the Moultonborough Lions Club on Friday, October 21, from 6:30 to 8:30.

When asked about the forum, Cordelli said,

I am approaching 1,000 doors that I have knocked on in this campaign. I believe it is important for candidates to get out and talk to people so I look forward to a positive discussion of the issues and responding to the negative attacks.

Chehames, speaking for himself and Punturieri, released the following statement:

Gary Chehames and Paul Punturieri are candidates for the two District 4 representative seats open in the NH House. In the past years, legislating solely by ideology has led to serious consequences for our District 4, New Hampshire, and Carroll County. Gary and Paul believe the benchmark for making legislative decisions should be based upon the needs of the citizens they will be elected to represent. To keep New Hampshire moving forward, they will accomplish this by being reasonable, collaborative, and using a common sense approach to governance. Feel free to contact Gary at Chehames@gmail.com and Paul at PPunturieri@yahoo.com for more information.

The Lions Club is located on 139 Old Route 109 in Moultonborough, NH.