New Hampshire Republicans’ latest bogeyman has achieved mythical proportions. Democratic candidates are tainted by his mere support. He’s no Ordinary Citizen. He’s Blue Hampshire founder Dean Barker.
First there was this guilt by association blog entry from Ed Mosca, House legal counsel under then-Speaker Bill O’Brien, who attacked Executive Counsel candidate Mike Cryans after Barker expressed support on Twitter:
Based on my review of his tweets/blogs I would describe [Barker] as zealously in favor of heavy and ubiquitous government regulation and taxation. I found no attempt to explain the consistent historic failure of these policies to create and spread economic prosperity. I suspect if given his druthers he would outlaw private ownership of guns, or allow government to pick and choose who may own guns. His gripe with Obamacare is that it is not robust enough government-controlled health care. His passion for the issues he cares about and his belief that more government is the solution is matched by his intense antipathy for Republicans.
So, you’ve got to ask yourself, why is this guy supporting Mike Cryans.
“Huge shoutout to Mr. Mosca for uncovering my plot to use Mike Cryans as a puppet for ‘heavy and ubiquitous gov’t regulation and taxation,’ ” responded Barker.
Then there was this comical exchange on Twitter between Barker and state House Rep. Leon Rideout (R-Lancaster) after Barker objected to legislation that would raise the speed limit on Interstate 89:
Barker: “NO. 1000 TIMES, NO!”
Barker: “The scariest part of the winter for me: driving on I-89 btwn exits 12-15 with iffy conditions & clueless tourists spinning out”
Barker: “If the #NHHouse spent quality time btwn exits 10-16 on I-89 during a weekend light snow event they’d stop lending credulity to a city pol”
Barker: “Fact: snow tires and careful driving don’t protect you when you share a snowy hwy with a tourist going 80 because the sign says 70”
Rideout: “Quit whining !!”
Barker: “Elected member of the #NHHouse responds to NH voter”
Rideout: “like Barker is just a Ordinary Citizen”
Barker: “What does that even mean? #superpowers”
Rideout: “I was responding to you Mr Barker a known Left Wing Radical #LiberalLogic”