NHDP - Chair Ray Buckley's Statement on John Stephen Filing for Governor

Concord - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on John Stephen filing his campaign for Governor:

"John Stephen is a 20-year government bureaucrat with a record of fiscal mismanagement and ethical transgressions.

"As Health and Human Services Commissioner he asked for a nearly half-billion dollar increase in his budget and his mismanagement has led to lawsuits and federal audits that could cost New Hampshire taxpayers more than $40 million dollars. And now, Rhode Island's state government is investigating how Stephen got paid $400,000 for work that he was supposedly doing as a 'volunteer.' Stephen's record proves that the people of New Hampshire can't trust him.

"And as he filed for governor today, John Stephen once again offered only attacks not solutions, refusing to answer questions on a range of issues, including what specific budget cuts he would make.

"Stephen's record stands in stark contrast to Governor John Lynch's.  As Governor, John Lynch put in place the state's first executive branch ethics law and held people accountable for meeting it.  He's put his business experience to work balancing the budget in the toughest economic times in memory, cutting spending, eliminating outdated programs, boards, and commissions, centralizing purchasing and putting services like drivers license renewals online to save taxpayers time and money.

"Under John Lynch's leadership, New Hampshire has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation and is expected to lead the region's economic recovery; New Hampshire has been ranked the safest state in the nation and the most livable state in the nation."