Update: When this story was originally published, Mr. Fraser’s first response was not displayed on Patch, which made it appear that he had refused to answer the question. In fairness to Mr. Fraser, a candidate for the state House in Strafford District 17, I’ve updated the story to include the complete discussion:
Tom: Are you a member of the Free State Project?
Joe Fraser: No, I am a NH native.
Tom: OK, do you support the Free State Project, NH Liberty and/or a Libertarian takeover of New Hampshire?
Joe Fraser: Tom, what is this fixation? I am running to represent the citizens of my district. My principles are clear and can be found in this announcement as well as my website and my various letters to the editor in Fosters. Responsible budgeting, limited taxes, returning the NH Advantage to businesses, local control of education and parental control of school choice. Those are American principles. If you want to debate any of them have at it.
Tom: A simple question which you apparently have a problem answering with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Your reply is certainly revealing, though. I was raised in a very conservative household but, above all, taught to examine, research and think about everything. My father always said that any salesman (including politicians) who ducks answering simple questions is trying to hide their product’s flaws. Thank you for informing me that you are such a salesman - your ‘principles’ mean nothing without the currency of honesty.