Recently I learned that a young man named Jason Earnhardt is running for our district’s State House Seat.
Oh really, I immediately thought this was odd. In twenty years of living here, serving on one town board, 3 town committees, attending hundreds of Select-Board meetings and attending Town Annual meetings , I have never run into this gentleman.
Come to think of it, I never saw him stand up and speak for/against Steve Forster’s farm or any other business development or controversial issues in our town.
So I went to the Henniker-Bradford Republican facebook page…and it is here that I find several post from this person.
Here is my facebook inquiry;
Bruce J Trivellini Jason, not to be a “party” pooper[sic]…but where do you live? Jason Earnhardt Bruce J Trivellini I live in Henniker!
Bruce J Trivellini Jason Earnhardt where in henniker [sic] Jason Earnhardt Bruce J Trivellini Off 114, Union Street.
Bruce J Trivellini do you live in a dorm??? or an apartment. Jason Earnhardt Bruce J Trivellini It is an on campus apartment.
Bruce J Trivellini Jason Earnhardt who owns the aprtment [sic]
Several minutes no reply….
Bruce J Trivellini Jason Earnhardt ru [sic] still there?..cat got your tongue?
Bruce J Trivellini Jason Earnhardt since on campus is closed…are you living in that apartment right now…while you are typing your response to me?
Bruce J Trivellini Jason Earnhardt did you pass out? should call EMS??
Chat Conversation End
Jason lives in a NEC “on campus apartment” and is running for a seat in the NH State House. Now if campus is closed..is Jason living here at this moment??? As we all can see he avoided answering this registered voter’s question about where is he living now. And, he never defines what an “on campus” apartment is. Anyone know what an “on campus apartment is? Since the campus is closed…anyone know where Jason is living these days? Bueller? Bueller?
I asked for advice from a friend, who is very knowledgeable and sensitive to this very important issue. Ultimately this friend made me realize that it all boils down to this:
[You bring up a great point – if you live here in NH only at the behest of the college, and then the college throws you out, how can that be your domicile?]
Apparently Mr. Scott Maltzie the Chairman of the Merrimack County Republican Party sees things differently in a message he sent to me via facebook he wrote the following:
[H]e more than meets the domicile requirements outlined in the two Republican sponsored voting laws. He has lived in Henniker since 2016. He is a candidate. Vote for him or not, but enough of the domicile criticism. It’s not helpful.
Oh really, Mr. Maltzie…criticism??? Apparently a registered voter questioning the legitimacy of claims that a candidate “lives” in town since 2016 raises to the level of criticism. Is it not our duty to question?
The answers to these types questions are the bits and pieces that make up a strong foundation of trust that leads to support. Mr. Maltzie, you do believe candidates still have to earn those credentials, don’t you?
Major mistake in calling a voter’s questions criticisms! A lesson one would have hoped a Party Chairmen would have learned by now.
Oh by the way Mr. Maltzie, you too failed to tell me where Jason is living these days. Even though you advised me that you spoke to him at length today…why is this such a big secret?
As of 3:00 pm Wednesday April 22, 2020, Mr. Maltzie has failed to return my messages about Jason’s current living arrangements. And Jason has failed to respond to my question from Tuesday.
Run warm bodies and run away from the tough questions so we can field a candidate that gets led around by the party nose ring? Henniker already suffers enough from that kind of politics.
Suggestion to Mr. Maltzie: next time the party might want to try seeking the opinion of a few Henniker domiciliaries. This is one heck of a selection process we’re running here….
Should I get some answers (I’m not expecting any)…I most definitely will update you all! And maybe, just maybe…nah…that’s for another time.
OHB…all the news fit to print…keeping it real… making it easier for you to find the facts so you can draw your own conclusions…..
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