Milford’s Roger Tilton wants to be Democratic National Committeeman

MILFORD – Roger Tilton, the Democratic candidate who lost to Gary Daniels in the state senate race last month, wants to be New Hampshire’s next Democratic National Committeeman.

The committeeman will be given a vote as a superdelegate at the Democratic National Convention, filling the term of Peter Burling, who resigned after the midterm election.

Tilton, who lives in Milford and works as a financial consultant, made news in 2007 after he questioned Hillary Clinton about her vote on the Iraq war.

Last week he said he is undecided about who he will support for the Democratic presidential nomination, but he would “like to avoid a coronation” of the former secretary of state and U.S. senator.

In 2007, at a campaign event in Berlin, N.H., Tilton asked Clinton to apologize for her 2002 vote to authorize the war and she refused, although in a memoir published this year she says, “I got it wrong.”

Tilton said he would like to see her in the race.

“I hope she has learned how to give better answers to straight-forward questions from voters like me,” he said in an email last week.

“Of all the candidates who have declared their intentions, I like Jim Webb (former Virginia senator and Navy secretary).

“Of all the other possibilities, I’d like to see a spirited debate with Elizabeth Warren, former governors (Martin) O’Malley and (Brian) Schweitzer, and I’d like to see Sen. (Bernie) Sanders jump in … And of course Joe Biden, who “carried my then-4-year-old daughter in the 2006 Milford Labor Day Parade.”

The election is scheduled for Dec. 13 in Portsmouth, and some consider Bill Shaheen, political activist and husband of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a front-runner. He once served as a co-chair for Clinton’s 2008 New Hampshire campaign and resigned after he made remarks about then-candidate Barack Obama’s drug use that he later apologized for.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who served as a co-chair for Clinton’s 2008 New Hampshire campaign, is scheduled to speak at the meeting.

Tilton said the Democratic party needs to attract and motivate non-voters.

“On the most important issues, polls consistently show respondents agree with the Democratic Party’s positions, yet current party leadership, on both the national and state level, has not been able convert non-voters to our Party, let alone the voting booth. Party leadership needs to understand that to attract these potential voters, we need to speak to them on their level about issues that they care about, and do it where they live, work and play.”

A superdelegate is one who is not pledged to a particular candidate, but Tilton said he would endorse someone prior to the New Hampshire primary.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100, ext. 304, or kcleveland@cabinet.com.