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Mike Cryans Will Be An Outstanding Replacement For Ray Burton At The N.H. Executive Council.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

.by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Boothby loses primary
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Jan. 22, 2014.
>> Boothby is no Ray Burton
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Dec. 14, 2013
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>> Ray Burton passes away
>> Nov. 12, 2013.

>> Ray Burton NOT doing well
>>Oct. 27, 2013.
>> Ray Burton On Casino Gaming
>> Revenue … — Dec. 5, 2012.
>> I Take Umbrage … That ‘Alida
>> Milham’ … Looks Like ‘Ray Burton
>> In Drag’
>– Nov. 5, 2012.


Mike Cryans Sunday evening, Feb. 16, 2014, in Gilford with N.H. Senator Andrew Hosmer.


As any of the links above will amply attest, I was rather fond of Ray Burton and thought very highly of him [and don’t even bother to snigger].

As you can also see I was concerned when Mr. Boothby, of Meredith, who I did know, kind of was making out that he was THE anointed heir to Ray. That just did not sit right with him. Well, I guess I was right on that score.

I had not had the honor of meeting Mike Cryans till ‘this’ [i.e., Sunday] evening. I had done a bit of reading on him and had liked what I had seen.

‘Today’ we got to meet him and chat with at length — in addition to hear him deliver a very eloquent and compelling speech as to his credentials, goals and priorities. We were both very impressed. So much so that three of us signed up to volunteer for him — the third being Devanee, who did quite a bit of campaigning in 2012.

Very nice person. Avid jogger. Puts me to shame. He jogs 10 miles, nearly every day — once jogging for 7.5 years WITHOUT A SINGLE DAYS BREAK. That alone is impressive.

He has a good head and a flawless track-record. Lifelong resident of New Hampshire — bar his College years. He knows this State.

I am sold. He is the right person to fill Ray’s vacancy. I know that Ray would support that statement — as are his siblings! I will do a separate post on that later. Yep, Ray’s siblings have come out to back Mike. I won’t mention names but a renowned NH Republican politician attended this evenings meeting — and stood next to me applauding Mike! That is a good sign.

So there are no caveats. Mike Cryans has OUR full backing and support.

Don’t forget to vote for HIM, MIKE CRYANS, 1st District Executive Councilor on March 11, 2014. [Don’t worry, I will remind. I will even be calling you on the 9th and 10th.]


Lisa DiMartino (D-Gilford) with Mike Cryans and Senator Andrew Hosmer.


Wonder who this is talking with Mike Cryans.

Thanks to Pads, in this case an Asus Android pad, this blog gets about … and looked at with interest.


Christopher Boothby Of Meredith Does Not Win GOP Primary To Contest Ray Burton’s Old Seat.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

.by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Boothby is no Ray Burton
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Dec. 14, 2013.
>> Ray Burton passes away
>> Nov. 12, 2013.

>> Ray Burton NOT doing well — Oct. 27, 2013.
>> Ray Burton On Casino Gaming Revenue … — Dec. 5, 2012.
>> I Take Umbrage … That ‘Alida Milham’ … Looks Like ‘Ray Burton
>> In Drag’
>– Nov. 5, 2012.


Click to access 'Concord Monitor' coverage.

Click to access ‘Concord Monitor’ coverage.


As I said in my original post I have no skin in this game other than the fact that I have known both Ray Burton and Christopher Boothby, albeit in the case of the later, not of late. Given that I have always liked Ray and thought he was one of those rare, extraordinary people that grace the world, occasionally, I just wanted to point out that in my opinion Boothby in terms of personality was nowhere even close to Ray.

I know that the elector turnout was incredibly low; the weather no doubt a factor. It is possible that Boothby may have done better if more folks made it to the polls. But, he could have actually worked on that — and here I am talking as somebody who ferried folks to/fro to polling stations in Laconia, Gilford, Belmont and Tilton in the 2008 primary, 2008 election as well as that in 2012.

Don’t know anything about Kenney. Doesn’t really matter. Appears that he does have some experience in Concord. That is good. So now for the next step, the real election on March 11, 2014.

I am sure Boothby will run for other office shortly. That is good. I wish him all the best.


The way I see how the two stack up, but I could be wrong … and it all depends on your viewpoint and perspective.
I have no animosity towards Boothby and wish him well in his race. I get a feeling that he could provide us with a few laughs in Concord.

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Christopher Boothby Of Meredith Is No Ray Burton, He Might Even Be The Antithesis … But, That Might Not Matter.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

.by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Ray Burton passes away
>> Nov. 12, 2013.

>> Ray Burton NOT doing well — Oct. 27, 2013.
>> Ray Burton On Casino Gaming Revenue … — Dec. 5, 2012.
>> I Take Umbrage … That ‘Alida Milham’ … Looks Like ‘Ray Burton
>> In Drag’
>– Nov. 5, 2012.


I knew Christopher Boothby, in passing, way, way back when I used to bum around in the Meredith Republican ‘inner circle’. I still remember being introduced to him, and it was probably 1998 or 1999, at a gala, very select Meredith Spring ‘rose garden party’ as ‘ … and he is the future of our Republican party’. I also had a couple of rather superficial and in general unsatisfactory dealings with him when he was his overbearing self at Lakes Region General Hospital (LRGH). I also knew Ray though I am sure he only knew me: “as that ‘darkie‘ that I see at strange places … but always comes and talks to me”. This post is more about my feelings about Ray, who I think of as a superlative, exemplary human being (despite some of his foibles) than about Bootby per se. To be fair Boothby in his self-serving piece in the Laconia Daily Sun does say, to his credit, that ‘Nobody can replicate Ray’. On that I will agree 100% with Boothby, probably the only thing we can agree upon. As far as I can see, and I am no expert on this and I can be wrong, there are ONLY two things that Ray and Boothby have in common: they are both men (as far as I can tell) and they both claim to be Republicans. Beyond that I cannot see or find any similarities.

In today’s piece Boothby claims that Ray was his mentor. That made me chuckle. Pity that Ray isn’t around for us to ask him. But, given his undisguised ambition I am sure that Boothby would have done anything to ingratiate himself with the ‘great man’ of N.H. politics. Boothby, also in this piece, talks about “Ray’s charm”. Spot on. That indeed was Ray’s undisputed gift. Now it very well could be that Boothby, a good Republican, cringed each and every time he saw me, but when I think of Boothby all that comes to mind is that he would do well to carry a few tubes of maximum strength ‘Preparation H’ in his pockets.

But, to be fair to Boothby, I am as far removed from his base as he would want anybody to be. So everything I say will be considered a positive by his base. I am glad. Lets face it, Ray was a ol’ fashioned Reagan Republican. Boothby is a new fangled Ted Cruz agitator.

Click to ENLARGE. From Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 'Laconia Daily Sun'. Can't link to it -- today. Not in the archive. Just go to www.laconiadailysun.com and type in 'Ray Burton'.

Click to ENLARGE. From Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 ‘Laconia Daily Sun’. Can’t link to it — today. Not in the archive. Just go to http://www.laconiadailysun.com and type in ‘Ray Burton’.

 


The way I see how the two stack up, but I could be wrong … and it all depends on your viewpoint and perspective.
I have no animosity towards Boothby and wish him well in his race. I get a feeling that he could provide us with a few laughs in Concord.

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Ray Burton, N.H. Executive Councillor, Died Today, Tuesday, November 12, 2013, Around 2 A.M.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

.by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Ray Burton NOT doing well — Oct. 27, 2013.
>> Ray Burton On Casino Gaming Revenue … — Dec. 5, 2012.
>> I Take Umbrage … That ‘Alida Milham’ … Looks Like ‘Ray Burton In Drag’
>>– Nov. 5, 2012.


Click to ENLARGE. I got this in my e-mail.

Click to ENLARGE. I got this in my e-mail.

Ray and I, at the Laconia Airport Open House, on June 8, 2013. He was doing GOOD at that time. This is how I will always remember Ray -- a great N.H. asset.

Ray RIP. Ray and I, at the Laconia Airport Open House, on June 8, 2013. He was doing GOOD at that time. This is how I will always remember Ray — a great N.H. asset.


Ray Burton, N.H. Executive Councillor, SADLY, Is Not Doing Well. Not Seeking Re-Election

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Ray Burton Doing Well — June 8, 2013.
>> Ray Burton On Casino Gaming Revenue … — Dec. 5, 2012.
>> 
I Take Umrage … That ‘Alida Milham’ … Looks Like ‘Ray Burton In Drag’
>>– Nov. 5, 2012.


Ray and I, at the Laconia Airport Open House, on June 8, 2013. He was doing GOOD at that time. This is how I will always remember Ray -- a great N.H. asset.

Ray and I, at the Laconia Airport Open House, on June 8, 2013. He was doing GOOD at that time. This is how I will always remember Ray — a great N.H. asset.


Click to access WMUR reporting.

Click to access WMUR reporting.

New Hampshire State Reps, And My Friends, Lisa DiMartino (D-Gilford) & Don Flanders (R-Laconia) At Laconia Airport Open House Today.

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Ray Burton at the Laconia Airport Open House today.


I have known Lisa since around 2000 (when she worked at the Gilford Library) and Don since about 2001 when I joined Laconia Rotary. That we were huge supporters of Lisa is no secret and we are very glad and proud to have Lisa as a State Rep. I am, as with Ray Burton, rather fond of Don. He has a good head on his shoulders and you can always rely on Don, as with Ray, to be reasonable irrespective of the politics. Suffice to say I had long chats with both of them individually and then together. It was good. It was a pleasure and an honor. Good people, both.


Don Flanders, Lisa DiMartino, Laconia, Gilford, Airport

Don Flanders, Deanna, Teischan sitting on the tarmac and Lisa in front of the Laconia Airport terminal building today, at the Open House. Click to ENLARGE.


Local politics at its very BEST. It is so good to see interactions like this. Bravo. Click to ENLARGE.

Ray Burton, NH Executive Councillor Is Doing Well, Looks Great — He Was At The Laconia Airport Open House Today.

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Related posts:
>> Ray Burton On Casino Gaming Revenue … — Dec. 5, 2012.
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I Take Umrage … That ‘Alida Milham’ … Looks Like ‘Ray Burton In Drag’
>>Nov. 5, 2012.


Just yesterday when I was volunteering at the State House I happened to be going past the Executive Councillors’ Office and inquired how Ray Burton was doing. I was assured that he was in fine fettle.

This morning, as soon as we got to the Laconia Airport Open House I spotted Ray with his distinctive ride. I, of course, went up and asked him how he was. He was GREAT. That is good news. He looks good. Said that he was feeling good, had lots of energy. This was 10 am in the morning. At 1pm he was going to a Polly’s Pancakes in Sugar Hill to celebrate them being in business for 75 years. At 2pm he had another meeting in Littleton. Just hearing his schedule made me tired.

He, as ever, being who he is, told Deanna to take a picture of us together. Though I have shook hands with him many times I think this is the ONLY picture I have with Ray. I like Ray. He is a great politician and a good man. IF we just had a dozen more politicians like Ray in Concord things would be so much better for the State.

Way to go Ray. So happy that you are doing well.

Yes, I am wearing my Granite State Ambassador (GSA) shirt and badge though this was not a GSA event. But we are allowed, even encouraged to show the colors when we volunteer in NH.


Ray Burton, NH Executive Councillor and I, around 10:20 am June 8, 2013 at the Laconia Airport 2nd Annual Open House. Ray looks good. Great news for the State.

Ray Burton, NH Executive Councillor and I, around 10:20 am June 8, 2013 at the Laconia Airport 2nd Annual Open House. Ray looks good. Great news for the State.

Ray Burton On The Need For Casino Gaming Revenue For NH — I Fully Agree With Ray.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
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I Take Umrage … That ‘Alida Milham’ … Looks Like ‘Ray Burton In Drag’
>>Nov. 5, 2012.

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The New, NH Legislators Assume Office Tomorrow, December 5, 2012
>>Dec. 4, 2012.


Ray Burton's common sense for all letter in today's 'Laconia Daily Sun'. Click image to access their Website

Ray Burton’s common sense for all letter in today’s ‘Laconia Daily Sun’. Click image to access their Website


Though he is a Republican, I have always found that Ray Burton, our NH Executive Councilor, invariably has a sound, common sense approach to what is good for the people of the State. I have to say that I would concur wholeheartedly with what Ray set forth in the above letter — just adding that the NH ‘Department of Revenue Administration‘ is another alternative.

I have never understood the opposition to casinos in NH. I think it will be wonderful: create jobs, generate MUCH NEEDED revenue and provide us with another in state destination.

I have never understood this argument about having to protect people from themselves — when we permit guns, smoking, alcohol, prescription drugs and newspaper editors driving at 90 mph. It seems so ironic in the ‘Live Free or Die‘ state, though did YOU know that Alton has a total ban on fireworks?

Yes, I find it amazing that this country actually enacted prohibition. Wow. Well trying to ban casinos for social good is in that same sorry boat. As Ray quite correctly points out NH permits, if not ENCOURAGES, gambling in the form of the Lottery. Just double standards and hypocrisy.

Yes, I know that at least in ultra-rich, Alton, I am the only one impacted by the increase in property tax. Hopefully there are others in less wealthy towns in NH who share my concern as to ever increasing property taxes.

Please take some time to think about this. Ray, at the end of his letter, encourages you to contact him. I know that he will help. He takes his job very seriously. So, please lets try to make casinos a reality in NH so that we can crawl out of the eternal income deficit hole that plagues NH. Thank you.


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