A contrast in N.H. Second Congressional District race

In New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District this November, incumbent Ann McLane Kuster faces Jim Lawrence.

I’ve had occasion to mention each of them before. Here’s a quick review.

Jim Lawrence files his candidacy papers with NH Secretary of State, 2016. Ellen Kolb photo.
Jim Lawrence files his candidacy papers with NH Secretary of State, 2016. Ellen Kolb photo.

Jim Lawrence’s statement to pro-life voters at a rally, as he sought the GOP nomination for the 2nd District in 2014:

“I have always been a strong advocate for protecting the sanctity of life. During my three terms in the New Hampshire House as a state representative, I was a strong voice for the pro-life movement with a perfect voting record supporting pro-life issues. This is one of the reasons I was selected by my colleagues to be one of three House members to speak on the House floor in support of parental notification. Representative Ann Kuster is wrong on this issue and many others. This is why I am running to defeat her this November. If I am elected to be your Congressman, I will continue my resolve to support pro-life issues just as aggressively as I have before.”

Ann Kuster, accepting NARAL’s endorsement in 2014, chose a macabre if apt visual backdrop.

Congresswomen Ann Kuster (D-NH) accepts NARAL endorsement, 10/20/14.
Congresswomen Ann Kuster (D-NH) accepts NARAL endorsement, 10/20/14. Photo taken from Cornerstone PAC press release, http://eepurl.com/6thWX.

I wrote at the time, “NARAL-NH has endorsed Ann Kuster for re-election. That was altogether predictable. What I couldn’t have predicted is that a member of Congress would think it clever to stand in front of a skeleton figure while accepting an endorsement for her abortion advocacy. If a picture is worth a thousand words, I need say no more about this.”