CONCORD – New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Fergus Cullen released the following statement on Jeanne Shaheen’s new campaign ad:

"Jeanne Shaheen's ad rewrites history and masks her six years of failed leadership with campaign rhetoric. Shaheen's real record was long on blue ribbon commissions but short on leadership. Her legacy includes record spending, advocacy for a 2.5 percent sales tax and the statewide property tax, and failure to solve the education funding crisis that began on her watch.

“This kind of fluffy ad early in the campaign is typical Shaheen politics. The next step will come when Sen. Chuck Schumer and the Washington Democrats flood New Hampshire airwaves with hundreds of thousands of dollars in negative ads over the coming months."


Shaheen claims “and for the first time for many communities she made public kindergarten a reality.”


But, during Shaheen’s time as Governor, she vetoed bi-partisan school accountabilitylegislation, failed to solve the education funding crisis that began on her watch, blocked efforts to improve teacher quality, and the state’s high school dropout rate climbed to more than twenty-five percent. Simply put, Jeanne Shaheen failed New Hampshire’s students.

Shaheen claims she would “cut taxes for the middle class not big oil.”


But, as Governor, Jeanne Shaheen signed the first-ever statewide property tax, vetoed a repeal of the death tax and also proposed a sales tax for the state.

Shaheen claims “66,000 new jobs while she was Governor.”


But, while Shaheen was Governor, New Hampshire lost more than 16,000 manufacturing jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in December 1996, the month before Shaheen took office, New Hampshire had 99,400 manufacturing jobs. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in December 2002, Shaheen’s last month in office, New Hampshire had 82,900 manufacturing jobs.

Shaheen claims she would “work to bring our troops home from Iraq.”


But, when Shaheen ran for the U.S. Senate in 2002, she said she supported President Bush’s goal for regime change in Iraq, including the use of military force. Shaheen even bragged that she “came out very early in support of the President on Iraq.” As late as September 2007, Shaheen said she did not regret her position, but when deciding to run for the U.S. Senate, Shaheen flip-flopped and said she regretted that position and now opposes the war in Iraq.

Fergus Cullen

Chairman, New Hampshire Republican Party

10 Water Street

Concord, NH 03301