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Rapid candidate movement.

Nothing apparently gets Republican opponents on the same page faster than the mere mention if the name "Tom Alciere."

You may remember Alciere, the former Republican state rep from Nashua who was exposed not long after his election as a blogger who openly called for the killing of cops, along with other similar, but less odious, proclamations.

This time the attention-seeking Alciere got his name in the news by filing to run as a delegate at the state GOP convention.

Of course, it took Ray Buckley, chair of the state Democratic Party, about as much time as it takes Mike Bloomberg to chug down an 8-ounce Diet Coke to call on Republican gubernatorial hopefuls Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith to denounce Alciere.

Faster than you can say, "Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith should denounce this man and his ignorant, detestable words immediately. The fact that the two major GOP candidates for governor have yet to do so and that the state Republican Party would allow his candidacy at all is shameful. Ovide and Kevin should stand up against this anti-law enforcement and ,dangerous rhetoric at once and refuse to give him a platform, Lamontagne and Smith denounced Alciere, quickly, decisively and vigorously.

While it may have seemed to be a pretty rapid response (for the record, Smith replied before Lamontagne), Buckley s implication that it had been days, if not weeks, without a reply from the two Republicans is, for want of a better word, somewhat disingenuous. In fact. it's more than probable they didn't even know about Alciere's bid until the Democrats issued their press release.

In fact, Buckley's challenge to challenge Alciere appeared only after a reporter tweeted the news earlier on the same day that the Demo chair demanded that the Republicans say something about it.

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Title Annotation:Flotsam & Jetsam
Publication:New Hampshire Business Review
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 15, 2012
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