Here is the open letter I sent today to the members of the Democratic National Committee:
January 31, 2023
An Open Letter to Members of the Democratic National Committee
I am a lifelong Democrat whose family has served our country in many capacities, from local elected offices to the White House, from the battlefields of World War II to the battlegrounds of the Civil Rights Movement.
During that time, my family has developed a special bond with the people of New Hampshire. My father decided to run for president in 1968 after Eugene McCarthy’s strong showing there. My uncle won the 1960 New Hampshire primary, the first step on the road to the New Frontier.
I’m writing to urge you not to interfere in New Hampshire’s plan to hold the nation’s first primary.
Those who seek to push New Hampshire back in the process contend that it is not diverse enough to hold the Democratic Party’s first primary. I disagree. New Hampshire reflects the fabric of America as well as any state. It is a swing state; its four electoral votes could decide the 2024 election. It has two Democrats serving in the United States Senate. It has a high percentage of independent voters, who will play a critical role in the next campaign. It helped launch the campaigns of Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. It is where Bernie Sanders took off in 2015, the beginning of a movement that would inject new enthusiasm into our politics.
Most importantly, New Hampshire runs the most secure and transparent election in America. It should be a model for our country at a time when we need it most.
My Uncle Jack spoke to voters in Dover on the eve of the 1960 New Hampshire primary. He said that “we Democrats realize that the days when Presidential candidates can be nominated in smoke-filled rooms, by political leaders and party bosses, have forever passed from the scene.” He said “that no man has won a national election who was unwilling to test his candidacy with the people.”
I echo those thoughts.
My uncle believed that New Hampshire earned the right to host the nation’s first primary because it played such an important role in giving the American people the right to nominate their candidates in the first place. Indeed, in 1832, the New Hampshire legislature became the first state legislature to call for a national convention to select the presidential nominee of a major political party.
Like many people, I have spent the past few years thinking deeply about the issues facing America. Our nation is at a crossroads. Next year’s election will be the most important of our lifetimes. For more than a century, New Hampshire has been fertile ground for the strongest Democratic candidates. Now, more than ever, it is important that the Democratic Party have a primary campaign that produces our party’s most competitive candidate.
I urge you to reconsider the president’s recommendation and honor New Hampshire’s well-earned tradition of hosting the first primary in the Democratic Party’s 2024 presidential campaign.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
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Wish I felt the same, sir. While I have no particular opinion on New Hampshire leading the primary, I do regarding the party. I was a life-long democrat up until when I saw how the party lost its way and became more authoritarian than not, more illiberal than open-minded, and more the shrill voice of moral busybodies than common sense and critical thinking. I became an independent in the spring of 2020, and have not turned back. I voted straight progressive blue down the line from the time I was 18 to when I turned 62.
I wonder how difficult it must be for you to see just how much the democratic party has shifted away from the ideals we held to be sacrosanct.
Dear RFK Jr,
I came to know you due to Covid.
Thank you for using your voice & platform to expose Fauci, Gates etc.
My appreciation and admiration for you is deep.
I am a lifelong Republican who wants our beloved country to remain a Constitutional Republic.
We are teetering on Communism at the hands of the Democrat Party.
I don't know how anyone who wants to remain free & propserous can vote Democrat in 2024.
How come no Democrats are taking action against our provably corrupt Democrat President, the invasion of illegals migrants that is up to 7 million in a little over 2 years that he has encouraged or the shut down our our energy making the middle class poorer?
If the Democrats keep power in 2024 our free & propserpus country may be lost.