FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Welcome to the Granite State Committee
PO Box 5293
Manchester, NH 03108
Governor Benson Welcomes Free State Members
Concord - Despite the extraordinary demands on his time from lawmakers,
media, aides, counsel and cheering taxpayers, Craig Benson kept his word
to meet with around 20 members of the Free State Project (FSP).
Free Staters are evaluating the "Live Free Or Die" state as a leading
candidate for the migration of 20,000 liberty-oriented activists whose
goal is to build upon and expand the existing freedoms in the chosen
state. The meeting was arranged by John Babiarz, FSP member, Chair of the
Libertarian Party of NH, and Benson's appointee to the Efficiency in
Benson greeted Free Staters visiting from Connecticut, Massachusetts,
Maine, Oregon, Nevada, Texas, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Hampshire.
FSP members congratulated him on his bold move of vetoing the budget, and
asked him how he thought the situation would play out. He replied, "Nobody
likes that budget. It has become a political game of 'me beating you', and
that's unfortunate. All I can say is 'Do the right thing.'"
When asked how he would feel about 20,000 libertarian activists moving to
New Hampshire, Benson replied, "Come on up. We'd love to have you." Benson
said he would also consider becoming a Friend of the Free State Project.
James Maynard, who is running for Keene City Council, told the Governor,
"We share another distinction. The Keene Sentinel spent half their op-ed
page attacking you, and the other half attacking us." Benson commented,
"Then you are in good company."
Toward the end of the conversation, Benson said the next two items on his
agenda are a Taxpayer Bill of Rights and School Choice. Both of these are
very important to Free Staters.
FSP members felt welcomed by Governor Benson, and left the meeting with no
doubt that New Hampshire should be the Free State. It's already most of
the way there, and they have an ally in the state's highest office.
Pictures from the event are available upon request.
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