A few New Hampshire residents, including a reporter, said they were listed as town chairs supporting Donald Trump’s presidential bid even though they don’t recall signing up for the slot and don’t plan on supporting the candidate.
Daymond Steer, a reporter with the Conway Daily Sun in New Hampshire, noticed last week that he was listed at Trump’s town chair in Tamworth even though he does not remember signing up for the role.
“Apparently, I was put on by accident; it was not something I intended,” Steer told the Conway Daily Sun. “When I went to the Trump website, the boxes were prechecked to be a volunteer, so perhaps in reaching out to the Trump campaign I should have unchecked a box. I can’t say for sure how that happened.”
Steer contacted the Trump campaign and was notified this week that his name had been removed from the list of Trump town chairs, according to the Conway Daily News.
Another New Hampshire resident, John Hartman, told the Conway Daily News that he was also listed as the town chair of Eaton despite never signing up for the role. He is the town’s Republican party chair and said he has tried to be careful about “staying neutral.”
The Valley News, a paper based in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, also reported that at least three residents were listed as town chairs for Trump who were unaware that they had signed on.
Nancy Partington told the Valley News that she was listed as the Woodville town chair for Trump, but plans on supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Partington recalled a phone call with a Trump campaign member during which Partington said she “kind of” liked Trump, according to the Valley News. The caller told Partington she would receive letters and a lawn sign.
According to Politico, the Trump campaign was confused by the reports that New Hampshire residents were unknowingly listed as town chairs. Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told Politico that “everyone on the list we made public submitted their support and acceptance of this voluntary leadership position in writing.”