Former police and state liquor commission enforcement chief Eddie Edwards continues to roll up endorsements for his three-week-old campaign for the 1st District U.S. House seat.
Joining Edwards’ campaign this week are former state Republican Party Chairman Wayne Semprini of New Castle, former state Sen. Fenton Groen of Rochester and Portsmouth business executive George Carlisle and his wife, Susan Carlisle.
Semprini spent 30 years as an executive in the orthopedic industry and has been involved in the development of commercial and residential projects in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, including the restoration of The Old Custom House in Portsmouth.
George Carlisle worked for 30 years as an executive in high-tech printing and publishing. He’s been involved in real estate development and in turning unprofitable companies into profitable ones.
Groen, who served in the state Senate from 2011-2012, heads Groen Construction and is a well-known Strafford County conservative.
Groen called Edwards “a true conservative,” adding, “He has the integrity, the resolve, and the values that we need reflected on Capitol Hill. It is time to replace Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, a traditional tax-and-spend, grow government politician, and to send a solid conservative to Washington.”
(Update:) Thursday, Shea-Porter spokeswoman Marjorie Connolly sent us an email updating Shea-Porter's activities, while not directly responding to the criticism.
“Carol is laser-focused on standing up for the people of New Hampshire in the face of D.C. attacks on so many of our fundamental values," Connolly said.
"This week she held a town hall with over 100 constituents to update them on her work to defend and strengthen access to affordable health care; un-rig the tax code so it works for middle-class families and small businesses instead of special interests; and restore trust in our elected leaders by fighting ethical violations, conflicts of interest, and corruption.”
Semprini, meanwhile, cited Edwards' background as a “public servant who has served in law enforcement and in the military,” and said he has “the right character and the right message to fundamentally change the broken culture of Washington.”
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