New Hampshire Conservatives Formulate Plan to Stop Jeb Bush


A group of New Hampshire conservatives and libertarians are teaming up to try and stop Jeb Bush from winning the state's January primary.

The group, which calls itself the "603 Alliance" (named after New Hampshire's only area code) will form its own caucus in October, during which it will agree on one of the other GOP contenders to unify behind.

“It was borne of a sense that we need to do something to give conservatives more of a voice at all levels of government,” said organizer Jim Kofalt

The coalition formed as a result of disappointment with the mid-term results where organizers were upset with the lack of conservative, libertarian and tea party candidates who were nominated for office.

The group's first plan is to meet and agree upon a "minimum threshold" for a candidate's conservative credentials.

Committee member Mike Rogers claims that, so far, more than 30 groups, including pro-life and pro-Second Amendment organizations, have expressed interest in backing the caucus.

The group hosted Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) last week. But, organizers admit that, even if they all agree on the primary mission of stopping Jeb Bush, it may be hard for many of them to abandon their first candidate choice if someone else wins the caucus. 

Despite the determination of the organizers, one of the more moderate GOP state lawmakers doesn't think the plan has a chance.

“I’m sure it’s destined to failure,” said David Hess, who has served in the New Hampshire House for 25 years.

The group will meet and discuss the plan in more depth on April 19th.



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