Guest contribution by Arthur Green
We need to make Nancy Steenson aware that someone has mailed out a satirical election postcard purporting to be from her State Senate campaign.
Ms. Steenson and I have had our differences, but I am glad to join hands with her to help her repudiate the scurrilous smears that have been put out in her name.
The unknown satirist pretends Ms. Steenson embraces “both the Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Tax Reform no new taxes pledges.” This is a stark repudiation of her accomplishment in raising Timberlanes’s per-pupil budget by 35% in the 6 years she was on the school board. The cleverness of the satire is that she did so, not by raising “new” taxes, but only by raising “existing” property taxes.
The mailer is clearly a hoax because it is absolutely silent on her only public office – 6 years as Timberlane School Board member, the last 2 as Chair. It is inconceivable that a person seeking higher office would not highlight their accomplishments in their previous office. Now it must be admitted that the Danville voters fired her from that job in favor of a political novice, but I am sure that Ms. Steenson has a perfectly reasonable explanation, aside from her record.
The satirist says Ms. Steenson is a Second Amendment supporter. This is a nasty dig because it naturally implies Ms. Steenson also supports other constitutional rights- like the First Amendment. But we know Ms. Steenson was instrumental in trying to impose the unconstitutional “School Board Rules” on the Timberlane School Board. The rules forbade individual board members from speaking to the press or publicly criticizing a board decision. The New Hampshire ACLU stepped in, threatening to sue the district if these rules were not withdrawn. Ms Steenson had to back down. We know we can count on her to defend our Second Amendment rights with precisely the same commitment and energy that she devoted to the First Amendment.
The hoaxer then slanders Ms. Steenson as an “outsider”. This is a particularly galling insult, considering how hard she worked over 6 years, ingratiating herself with the school district administration as well as seven out of eight members of the Timberlane School Board. I can endorse her exemplary teamwork – in the 3 years I have been closely attending to school district matters, I don’t know that she has even once voted in a minority. She has disagreed with other members of the board, and rightfully so, only when she was certain that she was part of a comfortable majority.
The hoaxer continues, saying that she will “fight for smaller, more responsive government.” This may be a typo. As school board Chair, she denied any requests for agenda items not favored by the Superintendent, including the Board of Selectmen of her own town asking to discuss technical issues with the school-related impact fees. The Danville BOS Chair was consigned to the 3-minute “public comment” period. Perhaps what was intended was “Ms. Steenson will fight smaller, more responsive government”. That is her proud record on the school board.
We can only join her in lamenting the paperwork mix-up which resulted in her accidental registration for the Republican primary, and the terrible public embarrassment of this hoax mailer.