Republican voters in New Hampshire will have an important decision to make in 2020 when selecting a viable, principled candidate to challenge Senator Shaheen on Election Day.
General Bolduc and his campaign are optimistic they can unify Trump supporters, conservatives, lapsed Republicans, libertarians, independents, and centrist Democrats. (Click here to read the full story)
November 7, 2019
October 30, 2019
I myself am supporting Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc from Laconia, who served our country for over 36 years. He started as a enlisted man and made it all the way to the rank he retired. Along with people from all walks of life, Don is putting together a team that supports his dedication to his community, state, and nation. (Click here to read the full story)
October 23, 2019
NH Today with Jack Heath: Bolduc discusses grassroots campaign and Middle East policy
October 17, 2019
Among the veterans backing Bolduc are Joe Moriarty of Manchester, a U.S. Air Force medic; Edward Sapienza of Manchester, a U.S. Army veteran and Hillsborough County register of deeds; state Sen. Bob Guida of Warren, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy; U.S. Air Force veteran David Testerman of Franklin; U.S. Army Maj. Barbara Healy of Merrimack; former state Sen. David Currier of Henniker, who served in the U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Navy Korean War veteran John Courturier of Goffstown and former Executive Councilor and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Joe Kenney of Union. (Click here to read the full story)
October 10, 2019
Bolduc Urges Reconsideration of Troop Withdrawal From Northern Syria
MANCHESTER, NH - The sudden withdrawal of U.S. troops from Northern Syria is shortsighted and will further destabilize an already dangerous region of the world. In addition to the loss of life among the ranks of our stated allies, this move will cause lasting damage to U.S credibility in the international community and cast our country as an unreliable partner in future coalition efforts. If we abandon our allies, we must recognize that can only happen by abandoning our principles. We are better than this.
While I ultimately support the reduction of the U.S foot print in this area, it must occur only with a thoughtful and transparent strategy that considers all implications. We have successfully managed to operationally and tactically disrupt ISIS and Al-Qaeda and have degraded their capabilities, but they are not defeated. A sudden withdrawal would allow these groups to re- organize and strengthen. This is not in the interest of our national security, nor our allies in the region.
I believe the following steps must occur before withdrawal from Northern Syria:
We must clearly determine our national interest objective, followed by the development of a transparent policy and strategy to gain stability.
We must create a transition plan that includes a collective international effort of diplomacy, development, and defense. These efforts must shift from a country focus to a regional stability focus. Our efforts should include Russia.
The desire of Turkey to wipe out the Kurds threatens to create a humanitarian crisis and further regional instability. We must engage the international community to apply pressure on Turkey.
We must maintain a counter-terrorism presence to attack cells as they form. This would be small and focused.
It is critical to stay engaged in dialogue with Israel to ensure we understand each other’s intent.
Statement from Don Bolduc, October 10, 2019
Even while retired Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc is running for the U.S. Senate, he and his wife, Sharon, are keeping a promise made to each other long ago – to go on a honeymoon.
“My frequent and lengthy deployments to the Middle East, Afghanistan and Africa made it impossible to plan one until we retired, so two years ago we put down the deposit. Of course, at that time, who knew we’d be in a U.S. Senate race?” Bolduc wrote on Facebook.
“I’d like to think a candidacy to represent 1.3 million people would be motivated by a desire to solve the problems that Jeanne Shaheen has been incapable of addressing during her 12 years in the Senate. An embarrassing lack of quality health care for our veterans. The sky high costs of education. The crisis of addiction. The list goes on," Bolduc said.
September 21, 2019
September 12, 2019
Don Bolduc says he doesn’t remember the blast from the 2,000-pound bomb that fell on him in Afghanistan. He does remember the loud whistle before impact: “That’s a sound you don’t forget.” He also remembers regaining consciousness a few moments later, after the explosion had tossed him two or three dozen feet. The detonation was so powerful, it blew Bolduc’s wedding ring off his finger.
September 9, 2019
Jeanne Shaheen is usually a savvy politician so by the time this piece is published, she may have already apologized for and separated herself from a stupid and insulting statement made by Chuck Schumer. If she doesn’t, we predict this incident will haunt her right through the 2020 election.
August 20, 2019
When it comes to his military career, Don Bolduc could tell plenty of stories. Stories about his time in Afghanistan leading troops on horseback in the shadow of 9/11. About his posts at U.S Africa Command and Special Operations Command-Africa.
About his two Purple Hearts, and five Bronze Stars.
But when the brigadier general hits the campaign trail for U.S. Senate, it isn’t the heroic memories he tends to share. It’s the lessons of the military itself.
August 14, 2019
“These numbers clearly illustrate that in a short period of time, Gen. Bolduc has positioned himself as a top-tier candidate and is the strongest opportunity for Republicans to reclaim the US Senate seat held by Jeanne Shaheen,” said McElveen.
July 26, 2019
Bolduc discusses veteran issues with Jack Heath on NH Today
July 25, 2019
Former Executive Councilor and state Sen. Joe Kenney is endorsing retired Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc for the U.S. Senate seat in 2020.
CONCORD — The high-pitched battle to win over conservative hearts and minds in a Republican primary for the U.S. Senate shifted on Tuesday with retired Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc of Stratham landing two notable names, Karen Testerman and Fred Doucette.
July 14, 2019
Brig. General Bolduc announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate in June and the Washington Post labeled his Senate race as one of the top ten Senate races most likely to flip. Bolduc hopes to unseat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in November 2020.
The New Hampshire Republican told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview in June that he hopes to serve as a “change agent” in Washington, DC, which faces a “crisis of leadership.”
Bolduc told Breitbart News exclusively that he will propose legislation that will streamline deportations of non-citizens who commit crimes.
The New Hampshire veteran’s proposal arises as Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, a 23-year-old Ukranian citizen residing in West Springfield, Massachusetts, was charged with seven counts of vehicular manslaughter homicide after he collided with a group of motorcyclists from Marine Jarheads MC, a motorcycle club that includes Marines and their spouses. Zhukovskyy has drug charges, drunk driving, and other traffic violations in his criminal record spanning across at least six states as well.
July 12, 2019
9. New Hampshire (Democrat held): It’s a testament to how narrow the Senate map is this cycle that we have Texas and New Hampshire in our top 10 list. In New Hampshire, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) is running for her third term in a state Hillary Clinton won (albeit narrowly).
Republicans are going to make a run for Shaheen, though, and they’re excited by the entrance of retired Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, who is running on his military record, which includes 10 tours in Afghanistan, five Bronze Star medals and two Purple Hearts. Given he’s not widely known in the state, Democrats are curious to see how much Bolduc can raise and whether he faces a primary fight.
July 8, 2019
To The Daily Sun,
Watching over 20 candidates running to be the Democrat nominee, it is hard to believe the positions that they are pushing will at any way bring this country together. I know whatever happens will be the majority of the voters that has the last say.
I am writing this on a hot day during the 4th of July weekend, thinking of my friends and neighbors in N.H., it is hard to believe the liberal press and most of those Democrats running for president or the last the president for having a big celebration and spending so much money. These are the same people that think we should have open borders, feed the illegal aliens, school them, and constantly complain of the conditions they live in. I would really like to know would these same people bring them to a place that they could be separated and live the way they say that happens.
I want to get it straight: billions of dollars for these people that come over our borders illegally, but no 4th of July celebration? Being a Vietnam-era veteran, I don't think they give a rat's butt about the homeless veterans or the number of veterans who commit suicide every day.
Now, my fellow citizens, is it your desire to get rid of ICE, sancutarry cities, fighting hard to keep Planned Parenthood in business?. After all the years of legal abortion, now they want to be able the baby's life after it is born and alive.
By the way our Senator Jeannie Shaheen jumped on board as soon as it happened.
It would be so easy to mention many more of their extreme positions. I ask you, is this how they are going to lead our country?
Here in New Hampshire we are lucky to have Brig. General Don Bolduc running for the U.S. Senate. Don was raised in Laconia and was the first high school senior to be on the Laconia Police Department. There are so many great things I can say about Don but I will leave that up to You by reading about Him or go a function and meet him in person. Don served 33 years in the Army, serving all over the world. Try to read his record and see how hard he worked to protect you and I.
One of the stories don told the first time I heard him was being in a 3-star general's office and the general was telling him, "you work for me" and Don's response was, "no, I work for them" (meaning the men under him). He than said, "general you give me orders and I do as ordered." How can this not impress someone? I believe if elected he would be the way serving the people of New Hampshire and our country.
"We need hope, we need leaders that are going to bring hope. I think what I learned in the military is determination, values, servant leadership, personal responsibility, and a dedication to core values by putting service before self," Bolduc said.
By all accounts, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Don Bolduc had a pretty good announcement event last Monday.
The retired brigadier general and genuine American war hero stuck with an optimistic, upbeat view while kicking off the campaign at the Concord VFW Hall.
The ending of a campaign-sponsored YouTube video concluded with a single testimonial from someone only identified as “Scott” and “Friend.”
“If Don Bolduc takes on a task, he’s never, ever gonna quit. He is a true American hero,” Scott said.
The Granite Status confirmed Bolduc’s supporter was Scott Trendell, a former, financial adviser for Ameriprise Financial Services based in Keene.
Two years ago, the NH Bureau of Securities Regulation fined Trendell $5,000 and ordered him to pay $5,000 to cover the cost of an investigation into allegations he failed to ensure equities he sold to an investor at his former firm were suitable to the investor’s “age, risk, tolerance, investment objective and financial situation.”
Trendell did not admit any wrongdoing but entered into the settlement in August 2017 to dispense with the matter.
Under the terms of the settlement, Trendell said he was not permitted to talk about it.
Bolduc said Trendell was a longtime friend and said it’s obvious the national Democratic Party machine will try to pull out all the stops to discredit him, but the voters will reject it.
“This is the work of a negative political machine that knows it is not going to win. Mark my words, this act will lead more Republicans, Democrats, independents and veterans to take a hard look at this campaign because they are tired of the same old politics of personal destruction,” Bolduc said during a telephone interview.
“This is everything voters are sick and tired of. They want effective leadership and this is the opposite of that. What you see is the latest act of a desperate political machine that will stop at nothing to attack me and friends of mine.”
On Bolduc’s own Twitter feed in June, he’s pictured with Trendell and his high school football coach. Trendell was quarterback while Bolduc played running back at Laconia High.
June 24, 2019
Associated Press: Military veteran to challenge Shaheen for Senate
Union Leader: Retired Brigadier General Bolduc declares run for Shaheen Senate seat
Concord Monitor: First Republican challenger to Shaheen strikes bipartisan tone
Keene Sentinel: Retired Army general announces Senate challenge to Shaheen
Laconia Daily Sun: Bolduc throws hat in ring for U.S. Senate
WMUR (Manchester): Bolduc, announcing US Senate run, calls Shaheen ‘part of failed leadership in Congress’
WCAX (Burlington): Army veteran launches campaign for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire
NHPR: Don Bolduc Enters 2020 Senate Race As First Republican Challenger To Jeanne Shaheen
NH Journal: NH GOP Senate Candidate Bolduc “Doesn’t Give a Damn About Politics”
NH Patch: Former Army General From NH Launches U.S. Senate Bid
Daily Caller: Meet The Retired General Who Fought The Taliban On Horseback Now Running For Senate
Washington Examiner: 'Horse soldier' from Afghanistan becomes GOP Senate candidate in New Hampshire
Breitbart: Exclusive: Brigadier General Don Bolduc Running for New Hampshire Senate as ‘Change Agent’
Daily Wire: Retired U.S. General Announces U.S. Senate Run As A Republican In This State
Politico: Retired Army General Will Challenge Shaheen In New Hampshire
Politico Morning Score: New England Senate races take shape
CBS News: Former Gen. Don Bolduc announces Senate run in New Hampshire as Republican
CBS News: The 2020 Daily Trail Markers: Campaigns flex muscles ahead of first Democratic debate
Washington Free Beacon: New GOP Senate Candidate Fought Taliban on Horseback
Townhall: General Who Liberated Afghanistan on Horseback is Running for Senate
Military.com: Retired General to Run for New Hampshire Senate Seat
Political Wire: Retired General Will Challenge Shaheen
June 16, 2019
Bolduc continues to speak out, and tells audiences all over the country that treatment for PTS should carry no more stigma than a broken ankle.
"You are strong when you ask for help, not weak. You are strong. So don't be afraid to ask for help no matter what it is," Bolduc said.
June 13, 2019
After 32 years of active duty service to his country in which he received two awards for valor, five Bronze Star medals, two Purple Hearts, he has retired to help veterans. He stated that he is considering running for the U.S. Senate. This is a person that would serve the people of New Hampshire and the United States. I am praying that he runs for senator.
April 25, 2019
Retired U.S. Army Brig. General Donald Bolduc has had 10 tours of duty, has engaged in numerous combat missions and has traveled the country helping other veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. He has received numerous combat valor awards and a Purple Heart.
“As a result of my work in support of veterans and service members and their families across the country who are not getting the care they need, I’ve often been approached after I speak and asked if I’d consider running for office,” Bolduc told us in an interview Wednesday.
July 19, 2018
Good tactics never fix bad strategy. I have challenged our policy and strategy while on active duty, so I feel justified in continuing to explain the obvious to many who know and try to educate those that do not. I have published several articles, appeared on both TV and radio news programs, commented in news articles, and corresponded via email with active duty and retired officers, non-commissioned officers, and senior civilians in an attempt to communicate, contribute, and explain what we are doing and what we need to do in the hope that someone in a position to make change will move forward and make it happen.