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1,300 miles away, a tax vote plays in SD3

As Dennis Baxley and Charlie Dean scrap it out in the final days before the SD3 primary, the Republican Party is turning attention to the general election. A new mailer is calling into question Democrat Suzan Franks' voting record as a legislator in New Hampshire.

"Let's take a look at liberal Suzan Franks' baggage," reads a tag on a suitcase packed for Florida. The flip side shows votes Franks made on a state income tax, statewide property tax and other taxes.

"The Republicans haven't gotten anything right," Franks asserted when asked about the ad, which her campaign publicized in a news release (see comments). She cited one of the excise taxes, saying it was a tax on cigarettes to pay for anti-smoking campaigns. "I voted for a sin tax," she said.

If Franks prevails in her own primary, she can expect her New Hampshire voting record will be on full display. More about Franks at her Web site. An interesting tidbit you won't find there: Franks, formerly of Nashua, was a Republican until switiching parties in 2000. She said she felt the GOP had gone too far to the right.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:25pm]


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