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Changing his position

By Rich DiPentima. LTC, USAF, Ret. - Portsmouth | Sep 24, 2022

At what may be a world speed record, within minutes of being declared the winner of the New Hampshire Republican Senate Primary, Don Bolduc changed his position on both abortion and the Trump big election lie. Having supported abortion bans and Trump’s claim that the election was stolen to get the primary votes of Trump Republicans, Mr. Bolduc had a miraculous ephfany as soon as the election was called. While both of these dramatic flip flops on two very serious questions facing Americans, it was Mr. Bolduc’s explanation for his reversal of his previous belief in the Big Lie that is most revealing of his lack of credibility and legislative/leadership qualities.

In his defense for changing his position on the Trump Big Lie, Mr. Bolduc claimed that he had conducted extensive research over the two weeks prior to the election, and then concluded that the 2020 election was not stolen. It is no coincidence that the results of the research by Mr. Bolduc was not released until after the primary election. However, what to me is the most alarming and problematic aspect of Mr. Bolduc’s explanation for his change of position was the fact that it took him two years to decide to conduct his own independent research on the Big Lie. As such, from November 2020 until November 2022, Mr. Bolduc blindly accepted the Trump assertion that the election had been stolen despite over 60 court decisions, recounts and audits all showing that there was no credibility to Trump’s claims. You would have thought that on a matter so vital to our Republic, especially after the January 6, 2021 insurrection, that Mr. Bolduc might have initiated his extensive research much earlier than October 2022. This raises some troubling questions. Is this the manner in which Mr. Bolduc operated and made decisions as a General in the Army? Is this how Mr. Bolduc plans to operate as a U,S,Senator if elected?

Changing one’s position over time and as new information is gathered is praiseworthy and how people grow. However, in the case of Mr. Bolduc, these very sudden changes, timed as such after an election, raises serious questions about Mr. Bolduc’s sincerity, trustworthiness, and motivations. Will Mr. Bolduc change his positions once again on these issues if he were to be elected Senator? How can voters trust what he claims his position is today, based on his recent history? When you have lost the people’s trust, you have lost everything, especially the right to hold a position of great power and responsibility.


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