SeaCoastOnline.com: Borne seeks to establish third party in New Hampshire
By Alexis Macarchuk
January 26, 2010 2:00 AM
PORTSMOUTH — Steven Borne, New Hampshire District 1 leader of the New American Independent Party, is working hard to get an independent party on the ballot in 2010.
Borne will give his second 20-minute presentation in a week outlining the beliefs and goals of the New American Independent Party at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Levenson Room of Portsmouth Public Library. A discussion group about organizing grass-roots activities will follow.
The New American Independent Party is trying to be established as a political party in New Hampshire for both the 2010 and 2012 election cycles.
“We are a mix of independents, Republicans and Democrats who want a cost-effective government where candidates aren’t addicted to money,” Borne said.
The party was started in Pennsylvania in 2004, but according to Borne, it is still rather small. “I’m trying to get people involved. This is the beginning,” he said.
Borne has written letters to the editors of local papers and is raising awareness about what the public can do to advance his cause. He said the party’s focus is on civil discourse, campaign finance reform and the separation of candidates and politicians from special interest groups and lobbyists.
Andrew Smith, associate professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire, said it is very difficult for third-party candidates to get off the ground. According to Smith, Democrats and Republicans keep competition out by enacting laws that exclude third parties, making it hard to get them on the ballot.
On third-party politics becoming viable Smith said, “It’s happened once in 240 years of American history, so I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
The best way for disaffected people to make a change is within a major political party, he said.
Borne is looking for support and 32,000 signatures to get the New American Independent Party on the ballot.
“They don’t make it easy on purpose,” he said. “It’s an uphill struggle.”
According to Borne, the party’s goal is not to be a majority, but rather to have a presence in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Borne believes discussion and debate are missing from America, and would like to get people excited Wednesday night.
“We can’t just pay taxes and complain. We need to do something,” Borne said.
His current focus is on spreading the word about the New American Independent Party to state residents.
“I have no control about what happens in America,” he said, “But we have control over what happens in New Hampshire.”
Borne’s presentation is available online at http://www.newamericanindependent.com.
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