For Christmas I would like some cooler political rhetoric and a pony


I am often curious as to why politicians choose one place over another, to hold a speech or a press conference to announce something or to brag about a program or a policy. These are well thought out decisions and usually a message is sent.

Alicia Preston Xanthopoulos

The choice of Chris Sununu of Bridges House to announce that he would not run for the United States Senate, but instead seek a fourth term as governor, should have informed us all of his decision.

Bridges House is not a mansion, the official “Governor’s Mansion” of New Hampshire and the “official residence” of our Governor. Although only two governors have ever lived there: Styles Bridges, the guy who donated the house to the state, who was governor from 1935 to 1937 and a US senator from 1937 to 1961; and Meldrim Thomson Jr., 1973-1979.

However, by choosing the governor’s “official residence” to announce his intentions, Governor Sununu sent a clear message: this is my home and I am staying here.

With so much thought and strategy going into choosing locations for major political events, it begs the question why President Joe Biden chose a bridge in Woodstock, New Hampshire as the first stop on his tour to promote the bill. trillion dollar infrastructure in which he recently signed. law. Why the granite state? New Hampshire receives the least money of any state from this legislation. We’re # 50 on the list. So why here? Well, this bridge has a nice backdrop and… politics.

Congressman Chris Pappas and Senator Maggie Hassan both face difficult re-elections in 2022. They, along with Congressman Annie Kuster and Senator Jeanne Shaheen, attended the event alongside the president, to take accessories for its passage. That’s good publicity, even though they’re standing alongside a president with an underwater approval rating here. They are our elected federal delegation, what is politics about their presence? Nothing. Who has not been invited is what demonstrates the political nature of the trip. Joe Kenney is the executive councilor for this district. He is a Republican and he was not invited. The importance of this? The five members of the Executive Board accept the funds and approve the contract to spend them. To omit it from the composition is revealing.

There has been a reaction from some Republicans against this bill, but I support it. Yes, there are additional nonsense in there, as there is in every federal bill passed by Congress, regardless of which political party is in power.

I spoke with Councilor Kenney and he told me a lot about where this money was going. Assuming its governing body approves the spending, the funds are “programmed” into different categories, including public transport, airports, roads, bridges, broadband and other things. This is a good thing. We need these funds. As Councilor Kenney pointed out, this will not solve all of our infrastructure problems – 200 bridges are on the red list, not to mention all of our other infrastructure needs. Not to mention, as he pointed out, having to take into account the labor shortage, inflation and supply chain issues and the impact that will have on the 10-year road plan, etc. But, it helps. So why wouldn’t Joe Biden want the guy who actually votes on those funds by the podium with him? Politics. Which is unfortunate.

Politics play a big role in opposing Republicans who supported infrastructure efforts both under President Trump and in Congress until very recently. Heck, Senator Lindsey Graham, a great ally of Trump, as well as Senators Chuck Grassley and even Republican Leader Mitch McConnell voted to adopt it. But, politics. Too many Republicans have opposed the legislation simply to deny a “victory” to the Biden administration. I don’t know why they are so worried about it. As long as my grocery bill goes up over 20% and my gasoline knocks on the door at $ 4 a gallon, that bill won’t change the political winds in 2022. And, wow, the rhetoric quick turned on this one.

Thirteen Republicans voted for him in the House and the answer was irrelevant. Georgian Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted, calling her colleagues “traitors” and providing their phone numbers, prompting thousands of calls from angry Americans, with death threats and calls for violence. As the recipient of such calls, Rep Andrew Garbarino (R-NY) noted “It’s amazing people want to kill me for paving the roads and clean water.” It’s incredible. It is also criminal. I find it ironic that the guy arrested for threatening to kill Garbarino over an infrastructure bill is a retired Long Island Rail Road employee.

Representative Fred Upton (R-MI) posted a call he received: “I hope you die. Hope everyone in your (expletive) family dies.

I think we can all agree that this level of political rhetoric is several crumbling bridges too far and must end.

This law is not perfect, but I have never been a supporter of letting “perfection be the enemy of good”, and we need improved infrastructure.

I know it will be an unrealized fantasy, but I want politics to stop being a driving force in government. I want the president to invite all relevant elected leaders to events, regardless of party. I want lawmakers to vote on what’s good for the people, not the party. I want the sacred chambers of our government to stop being campaign grounds. Christmas is coming, you might as well ask for a pony. I’m as likely to have it as that.

Alicia Preston Xanthopoulos is a former political consultant and member of the media. She is originally from Hampton Beach where she lives with her family and her three poodles. Write to him at [email protected]

This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: Preston Xanthopoulos: I’d Like Cooler Political Rhetoric and a Pony


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